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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

Gṛtsamada is a ṛṣi or sage to whom the authorship of the second maṇḍala of the Ṛgveda is attributed. The name literally means a person who is intelligent and always happy.

Gṛtsamada, son of Sunahotra[edit]

Gṛtsamada was the son of the sage Sunahotra. Once while performing a sacrifice, asuras or demons abducted him. However, on his prayers to Indra, Indra rescued him.

Gṛtsamada, son of Śunaka[edit]

One belief denote him as the adopted son of Śunaka who was a descendant of the sage Bhṛgu. Hence he was also known by a patronym 'Bhārgava'.

Gṛtsamada, son of Vītahavya[edit]

He was the son of Vītahavya, a kṣattriya king, who later became a brāhmaṇa. Gṛtsamada is said to have saved Indra once from being caught by the asuras who assumed his form to cheat Indra. The ṛks[1] attributed to him are highly poetic.


  1. Ṛks are the Rgvedic mantras.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore