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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

Kṣetra literally means ‘field’.

Though this word is used in a general sense for agricultural field, in technical sense it stands for the body since it is through this body that the fruits of karma, good or bad, are reaped.[1] Later, the same work includes the following under the purview of this term[2]:

  • Five elements
  • Egoism
  • Intellect
  • Ten sense-organs
  • Objects of sense-organs

Another meaning of the word is ‘a place of pilgrimage’. In astrology, the twelve zodiac signs are considered as the kṣetras of the seven planets. For instance, Ravi (Sun) has Simha (Leo) as his kṣetra. This helps in estimating the effects of these planets.


  1. Bhagavadgitā 13.1
  2. Bhagavadgitā 13.5 and 6
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore