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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

Kuru, the Founder of the Kuru Dynasty[edit]

The words Kurujāṅgala, Kurupāñcāla and Kurukṣetra are often found in the epics and the purāṇas. All these are connected with Kuru, the founder of the dynasty bearing his name (also referred to as Kuruvanśa). He was the son of Tapatī and Sanvaraṇa of Candravamśa or the race of the Moon.

Kuru, Son of Āgnīdhra[edit]

There was another Kuru, the seventh son of the king Āgnīdhra who had nine sons. He became the ruler of 1/9 th of his father’s kingdom which was famous as Kuruvarṣa.

Kuru, Son of Saiṅvaraṇa[edit]

Kuru, the son of the king Saiṅvaraṇa, built a yāgaśālā[1] between the river Sarasvatī and Dṛśadvatī. It later came to be known as Kurukṣetra. There is no unanimity among the scholars about this Kurukṣetra being the same where the Mahābhārata war took place.


  1. Yāgaśālā is a huge campus for performing Vedic sacrifices.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore