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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

Itihāsa literally means ‘thus it was’.

Itihāsa, an epic[edit]

The Rāmāyana and the Mahābhārata are known as ‘itihāsa’ or epics. An itihāsa narrates the incidences that occurred in the past and come down by oral tradition. It is put into writing later on.

Content of the Itihāsa[edit]

As per the definition given in Sanskrit works, an itihāsa must contain topics dealing with all the four puruṣārthas. They are:

  1. Dharma - virtue
  2. Artha - wealth
  3. Kāma - desires of the flesh
  4. Mokṣa - emancipation

This is generally done through the narration of incidents that took place in the olden days. The words ‘itihāsa’ and ‘purāṇa’ have often been mentioned in the Vedic literature.[1] But it is difficult to make out the difference between the two from these literatures.


  1. Atharvaveda 15.6.4; Śatapatha Brāhmana; Brhadāranyaka Upanisad 2.4.10
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore