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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

Kulaparvata literally means ‘a mountain that demarcates’.

Purānic geography of the world mentions seven dvipas.[1] Each of these dvipas has seven Kulaparvatas. These Kulaparvatas are the mountains that demarcate the lands in the above mentioned island-continents. Bhāratavarṣa[2] is a part of the Jambudvīpa. Its Kulaparvatas are:

  1. Mahendra
  2. Malaya
  3. Sahya
  4. Saktimān
  5. Rkṣa
  6. Vindhya
  7. Pāriyātra

Similarly there are Kulaparvatas in other dvīpas also. For instance:

  • Gomoda in Plakṣadvīpa
  • Kumuda in Sālmali
  • Vidruma in Kuśadvipa
  • Vāmana in Krauñcadvīpa
  • Raivataka in Sākadvipa
  • Mānasottara in Puṣkaradvīpa


  1. Dvipas means island continents.
  2. Bhāratavarṣa means the Indian Subcontinent.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore