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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

Ikṣvāku, Founder of a Dynasty[edit]

Ikṣvāku was the son of Vaivasvata Manu. He was the founder of the dynasty of kings that ruled from Ayodhyā. Śrī Rāma belonged to this dynasty. He had hundred sons and a daughter named Suvarṇā. Among all the sons, Nimi started his own dynasty called ‘Videha’ at Mithilā. He was the ancestor of Janaka-Śīradhvaja, the father of Sītā. Sītā was the wife of lord Rāma.

Ikṣvāku, A Brāhmaṇa[edit]

Ikṣvāku was also the name of a brāhmaṇa. Though, he was well-versed in the scriptures, he did not care to teach others. On the contrary he led a glutton’s life. He was ultimately saved by the grace of a sage Jābāli.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore