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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

Kṣirasamudra literally means ‘ocean of milk’.

The ksirasamudra is the one of seven oceans[1] in the universe described by the purāṇas . It surrounds the island called as Krauñcadvīpa.

It is said to have been formed by the profuse outflow of milk from the udder of the celestial cow Surabhi. Mahāviṣṇu is said to have made it his abode wherein he lies on the serpent Seṣa, which is floating on the ocean. Amṛta or ambrosia was produced by churning this ocean. According to another version, Śiva is said to have given this ocean of milk to Upamanyu, the young son of the sage Vyāghrapāda.


  1. Seven oceans are known as sapta-mahāsamudras.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore