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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.

Haridās, Sādhu

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Haridās was a well-known disciple of Śrikṛṣṇa Caitanya or Caitanya Mahāprabhu (A. D. 1485-1533). He was a Muslim by birth. He was probably born in A. D. 1450 in the village Burhan in the Jessore district of Bengal.[1] Right from young age he had a great fascination for Hindu religion and especially for Lord Śrī Krṣṇa. He came under the influence of Caitanya Mahāprabhu and became his disciple.

When attempts were made by evil and jealous persons to seduce him with the help of a harlot, the harlot was converted to purer ways of living. His self-control and devotion towards Lord Krṣṇa was great. The Muslim chieftain of the place made several attempts to reconvert him to Islamic ways of life but failed miserably. Finally Haridas was beaten to pulp and thrown into the river nearby. However, due to the grace of God he survived. It is said that Caitanya himself cremated his body on his death.


  1. It is now situated in Bangladesh.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore