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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

Maṇi literally means ‘gem’.

Wearing of precious gems to ward off evil or diseases and to gain health or a desired object seems to be an ancient practice. Even the Atharvaveda[1] mentions it. Each of the gems recommended is supposed to have a perennial source of one specific ray which is not exhausted even after wearing it constantly for years.

These gems and the nine planets are believed to have some mysterious connections. Hence, qualified and competent astrologers, by studying the horoscope of a person suffering from a disease or upset by a calamity can prescribe the particular gem to be worn on the body by which the disease can be cured or calamity be averted. For instance, wearing of emerald can cure acidosis. Wearing of a red coral can avoid accidents.


  1. Atharvaveda 1.29.1 to 6
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore