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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

Laṅkā has been well-known to the students of religious mythology as the capital of the demon king Rāvaṇa. The original builder of this city was Māli. He had got it built by the divine architect Viśvakarma. He was living there along with his brothers Mālyavān and Sukeśa.

Since Māli had become a terror to the gods, Viṣṇu killed him. When the demons deserted the city and took refuge in Pātāla or the nether world, it was given to Kubera the king of the yakṣas.[1] Rāvaṇa, a cousin of Kubera, drove him away and occupied it. He started ruling it assisted by his brothers Kumbhakarṇa and Vibhīṣaṇa and his eldest son Meghanāda or Indrajit. Laṅkā was a very rich and prosperous city of dazzling splendor. Its citizens, the rākṣasa tribes, were physically strong but ruthless in nature. They were addicted to sense-pleasures and drinking. Even cannibalism was not uncommon among them. Laṅkiṇī was the demon-protectress of the city. When Hanumān vanquished her, she disappeared saying that her time was over and the city would soon be destroyed.


  1. Yakṣas are a type of demigods.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore