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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

Kañsa was supposed to be the son of the king Ugrasena of Mathurā, but he was actually the son of the demon Kālanemi or Drumila from Ugrasena’s queen. The demon cleverly cheated by assuming the form of Ugrasena using his magical powers.

Kañsa was a tyrant from the childhood. As he grew up, he usurped the kingdom by dethroning Ugrasena and imprisoning him. Devakī, his younger sister was married to Vasudeva. When Kañsa was taking them for a ride in his chariot, he heard a voice from the void that the eighth issue of Devakī would be the cause of his death. Kañsa was frightened by this and tried to kill Devakī. But he was pacified by Vasudeva who promised to hand over all the children born to Devakī. Though Kañsa spared her life, he imprisoned her and Vasudeva. He also killed all the six babies born to them. The seventh was miraculously transferred to the womb of Rohiṇī, the first wife of Vasudeva living in Gokula. The eighth was Kṛṣṇa, the incarnation of Lord Viṣṇu. Kañsa tried his best to get him killed but he was killed by Kṛṣṇa later on.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore