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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

Kalmāsapāda literally means ‘one with black feet’.

The king Saudāsa of the Ikṣvāku dynasty was once tricked by a demon while serving his guru Vasiṣṭha with human flesh. He was consequently cursed by the angered sage to become a cannibal-demon. Saudāsa was now called Kalmāṣapāda since his feet were black. He ate up all the sons of Vasistha. However, after twelve years the curse was over. Sage Vasiṣṭha was kind enough to bless him with a good son to succeed him.


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

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