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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

Madālasā is one of the great women described in the purāṇas[1] who was a devoted wife and worthy mother.

She was the exquisitely beautiful daughter of the gandharva king Viśvāvasu. A demon named Pātālaketu once abducted her but was rescued by the prince Rtadhvaja[2] who married her later. She remained extremely devoted and faithful to him.

Once when she was falsely informed that her husband had died, she gave up her body immediately in extreme grief. She was however revived by Aśvatara, a nāga king. Aśvatara was the father of Rtadhvaja’s friends. She is said to have been a great yoginī and imparted ātmajñāna or Self- knowledge to her first three sons who became recluses. The fourth, Alarka succeeded the king Rtadhvaja.


  1. Mārkandeyapurāṇa 20-44
  2. Rtadhvaja is also known as Kuvalayāśva.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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