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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

Mataṅga was a brahmarṣi whose hermitage was on Rṣyamuka hill near Hampi in modern day Karnataka. The severed head of the demon, Dundubhi, fell in this hermitage after he was killed by Vāli. The sage got angry at the defilement of his ashram and cursed Vāli that he would die if he ever stepped onto this place. Sugrīva, the younger brother of Vāli, took shelter on this hillock along with his loyal ministers (including Hanumān) as he knew that Vāli could not come there.

According to the legends connected with the exploits of Lalitā,[1] Mataṅga was a great sage endowed with the knowledge and power of various mantras. His daughter Mātañgī was an attendant of Lalitā.


  1. Lalitā is an aspect of Pārvatī, spouse of Lord Śiva.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore