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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

Lañkākāṇḍa literally means ‘book or section dealing with Laṅkā’.

The Rāmcaritamānasa of Gosvāmi Tulasīdās (CE 1532-1623) written in the Avadhī dialect of the Hindi language is the most celebrated version of the Rāmāyana. It is highly venerated in the Hindi belt of North India. It is based more on the Adhyātma Rāmāyana than on the Rāmāyana of Vālmiki.

Out of the seven kāṇḍas or books of this work, the sixth has been named by him as the Lañkākānda instead of Yuddhakānda as named by Vālmiki. The content is the same except for some minor variations.


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