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In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences faced by Indian American children after exposure to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We demonstrate that there is an intimate connection—an almost exact correspondence—between James Mill’s colonial-racist discourse (Mill was the head of the British East India Company) and the current school textbook discourse. This racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces the same psychological impacts on Indian American children that racism typically causes: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon akin to racelessness, where children dissociate from the traditions and culture of their ancestors.

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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Dhṛṣtadyumna literally means ‘the proud and the radiant one’.

Drupada, the king of Pāñcāla performed a special sacrifice when he wanted a valiant son who could kill Droṇācārya. Dṛṣtadyumna was born as the boon of that sacrifice. Draupadī[1] was also born out of the same fire after him.

Characteristics of Dhṛṣtadyumna[edit]

  • Dhṛṣtadyumna was a great hero and a good ruler
  • He conducted the svayamvara[2] of his sister Draupadī where Arjuna succeeded in the contest and won her
  • Since Arjuna and the other Pāṇḍavas were disguised as brāhmaṇas, Dhṛṣṭadyumna secretly went to their dwelling place and discovered their true identity
  • During the Kurukṣetra war, he was made the commander-in-chief of the Pāṇḍava army
  • He successfully fought with many heroes of the enemy’s army, like Droṇa, Aśvatthāma and Duryodhana
  • He beheaded Droṇa after Droṇa had retired from the battle as per the sage's advice
  • They had come to dissuade him from using the Brahmāstra
  • Dhṛṣṭadyumna was killed in sleep by Aśvatthāma


  1. Draupadī was the wife of the Pāṇḍava heroes.
  2. Svayamvara is the rite of a princess of marriageable age choosing her husband from among the assembled princes.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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