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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

Arjuna, the son of the king Kṛtavīrya of Candravanśa[1] was famously known as ‘Kārtaviryārjuna’. He was the king of Māhiṣmatī in the Vindhya mountain range. As a devotee of Dattātreya, he had secured the boon of getting one thousand arms during any war he fights.

He had once defeated the mighty Rāvaṇa in a battle and taken him as captive. Rāvaṇa’s father, the sage Pulastya, had to intervene to get him released.

One day during hunting, he happened to enter the hermitage of the sage Jamadagni and was sumptuously fed by him. The cow Kapilā endowed with divine powers had helped the sage to entertain the guests. When Kārtaviryārjuna asked for the cow to be gifted to him, the sage refused. Offended by this refusal, the king killed the sage. However, on hearing this Paraśurāma, Jamadagni’s son, went to Māhiṣmati. He killed the king, decimated his army and destroyed his city.


  1. Candravanśa means lunar dynasty.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore