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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

Jātaka literally means ‘map of celestial objects at the time of birth’ and shows the position of the various planets and the stars at the actual birth time of a human being.

The Jātaka or the horoscope[1] is the basic diagram for all the astrological calculations. Fixing the positions of the planets at the time of birth and drawing the horoscope is an intricate process. It can be done only by expert astrologers with the aid of almanacs accurately prepared by competent persons.

The stars and the planets in the universe have a bearing on the lives of human beings and this belief exists in all the cultures of the world. The science that has evolved and developed this belief is known as astrology or ‘Jyautiṣa or Jyotiśśāstra’.


  1. Horoscope is also called as ‘kuṇḍali’.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore