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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

Jaratkāru, a sage in the lineage of the great Ṛṣi Bhṛgu, got his name because he had made his body old and dilapidated due to excessive austerities.[1] Once he found that his ancestors were in a miserable state due to the lack of obsequial rites normally performed by the descendants. He then decided to marry and beget children and married a girl whose name was also Jaratkāru. She was the sister of the serpent king Vāsuki.

The name of his son was Āstīka, who successfully stopped the sarpayāga or the serpent sacrifice conducted by Janamejaya. Janamejaya was the son of Parīkṣit and wanted to avenge his father’s death by the serpent Takṣaka.


  1. Jaratkāru means made old.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore