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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

Mada literally means ‘intoxication’, ‘arrogance’.

Scriptures describe six evil qualities of the mind which are enemies in the path of moral and spiritual evolution. Hence they are called as ‘arisadvarga’.[1] Mada is one of them. It is generally placed as the fifth in the series.

Mada is intoxication born out of several factors. At the psychological level, it is translated as arrogance. Some of the factors which produce this mada or arrogance are:

  • Vidyā - Learning
  • Dhana - wealth
  • Kula - lineage
  • Yauvana - youth
  • Bala - physical strength
  • Rupa - beauty
  • Rājya - kingdom
  • Parivāra - large retinue
  • Adhikāra - power

Even tapas[2] and siddhis[3] can cause mada if one is not careful and vigilant.


  1. Ari means enemy and ṣaṭ means six.
  2. Tapas means austerities.
  3. Siddhis means psychic powers.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore