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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

Lomaharṣaṇa literally means ‘one who raises the hair of the listeners’.

Lomaharṣaṇa is also spelt as Romaharṣaṇa. It is a familiar figure that we come across in the purāṇas as the chief narrator, especially to the ṛṣis engaged in a Sattrayāga and mostly in Naimiṣāraṇya, the Naimiṣa forest. This forest is identified with the modern Nimsar in Uttar Pradesh. He was also known as Sutapurāṇika. He was a disciple of Vedavyāsa. His son was Ugraśravas who later on took his father’s place as the chief narrator of purāṇas.

Lomaharṣaṇa had six disciples through whom the purāṇas gradually took the present shape. They were:

  1. Sumati
  2. Agnivarcas
  3. Mitrāyus
  4. Sāiṅsapāyana
  5. Akṛtavarṇa
  6. Sāvarṇi


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