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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

In Ṛgveda[edit]

Gotama is a sage mentioned in the Ṛgveda several times,[1] but not as the seer[2] of mantras. He was closely connected with the Aṅgirasas.[3] His patronymic was Rāhugaṇa.[4]

In Śatapatha Brāhmana[edit]

The Śatapatha Brāhmana[5] says he was the purohita (family priest) of Māthva Videgha and a bearer of Vedic civilization.

In Atharvaveda[edit]

Gotama also finds a place in the Atharvaveda.[6] Vāma-deva and Nodhas were his sons. He is considered as one of the original sages who started the gotra tradition.


  1. Ṛgveda 1.62.13; 1.78.2; 4.4.11
  2. Seer means draṣṭā.
  3. Aṅgirasas are the descendant of Aṅgiras.
  4. Rāhugaṇa was the descendant of Rahugaṇa.
  5. Śatapatha Brāhmana
  6. Atharvaveda 4.29.6
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore