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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.

This book is the result of four years of rigorous research and academic peer-review, reflecting our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within academia.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Gāndhāra as per Ṛgveda[edit]

The Gāndhāra is an ancient country once mentioned in the Ṛgveda. [1] It was famous for its sheep and their wool.

Gāndhāra as per Mahābhārata[edit]

During the Mahābhārata period it was ruled by the king Subala whose daughter Gāndhārī had been married to the blind king Dhṛtarāṣṭra. Śakuni was his son.

The kingdom might have extended from the shores of the river Sindhu (Indus) up to the modern Kabul. According to another view it extended from Jalalabad (in Afghanisthan) to Rawalpindi (in Pakistan) and included the Kumarī river. Later on it came under Buddhist influence and its capital was Takṣaśilā (Taxila). It had flourishing trade links with Magadha.[2]

Gāndhāra as per Sound[edit]

Gāndhāra is also the third note of the octave in music.


  1. Ṛgveda 1.126.7
  2. Magadha is the Patna region of modern Bihar.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore