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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

When the devas (gods) and the dānavas (demons) were churning the kṣīrasamudra or the ocean of milk to get amṛta (ambrosia), one of the by-products was the Hālāhala poison. It was so terrific, that it started scalding everyone. The devas and the dānavas went to Śiva and supplicated him to save them.

Śiva gathered it in the palm of his hand and drank it. Pārvatī, his divine spouse, pressed his throat so that the poison would not go into his stomach and destroy the worlds contained there. It got stuck up there making it dark in color. Hence Śiva got the name ‘Nīlakaṇṭha’, which means ‘one with a blue or dark neck’.[1] Other names of this poison are:

  1. Hālahala
  2. Hāhala
  3. Hāhāla


  1. Bhāgavata 8.7; Rāmāyana, Bālakānda, 45
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore