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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

Kadru was a daughter of the Prajāpati Dakṣa. She was one of the thirteen wives of the sage Kaśyapa and the mother of serpents. Vinatā, the mother of Garuḍa, was her co-wife.

Once there was a dispute between them regarding the color of the heavenly horse Uccaiśravas. Kadru won it by a wily manoeuvre. Due to this victory, Vinatā became her slave-maid as agreed earlier. However Vinatā was rescued by her valiant son Garuḍa.

The famous serpents Seṣa, Vāsuki, Kārkoṭaka and Dhanañjaya were her sons. Jaratkāru was her daughter. She was later on married to the sage Jaratkāru who was instrumental in stopping the sarpayāga[1] of Janamejaya, the son of Parīkṣit.


  1. Sarpayāga means sacrifice of snakes.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore