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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

Caṇḍa and Muṇḍa were two fierce demons who worked under the demon king Sumbha as chiefs of a section of his army. Both of them were killed by Kālī[1] in their encounter with Durgā. Kālī got the name Cāmuṇḍā because of this act of hers. Muṇḍa also means the decapitated head. Śiva and Kālī are described as wearing a garland of the muṇḍas. Hence the names Muṇḍamālin and Muṇḍamālinī for them.


  1. She is an emanation of Goddess Durgā.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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