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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

Marici is considered a mānasaputra or mind-born son of Brahmā, the creator. He is reckoned among the prajāpatis.[1] He is also one of the Saptarṣis.[2]

His wife was Kalā, the daughter of Kardama, another prajāpati. The sage Kaśyapa was his son.There is a smṛti attributed to him and its verses are quoted by other writers of dharmaśāstras. His opinions on āhnika,[3] aśauca,[4] śrāddha,[5] prāyaścitta[6] and vyavahāra[7] have been noted with respect. Some of his views like the transactions involved in sale of property approach our modern laws. The smṛti perhaps contained both verses and sentences in prose.


  1. Prajāpatis are the progenitors of mankind.
  2. Saptarṣis are the seven sages.
  3. Āhnika is daily routine of a dvija or the twice-born.
  4. Aśauca literally means ceremonial impurity.
  5. Śrāddha means obsequial rites.
  6. Prāyaścitta means expiations for sins.
  7. Vyavahāra means secular life.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore