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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

Kautukabera literally means ‘image with thread’.

Temples have two types of images:

  1. Dhruvabera- fixed permanently in the garbhagṛha or sanctum sanctorum
  2. Utsavamurti- image kept separately in a room or a shed which is used during the processions on special days. It is generally a smaller replica of the original image made of pañcaloha or bronze.

‘Kautuka’ is the technical name for a sacred thread that is wound round the right wrist of the utsavamurti on the night prior to the rathotsava or procession festival. Hence, this utsavamurti is also called ‘Kautukabera’.


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