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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

In the paurāṇic accounts of Samudramanthana or the churning of the ocean of milk, Śiva is said to have gathered the poison hālāhala into his palm and drunk it. Pārvatī, his spouse, pressed his throat so that the poison would not get into his stomach and destroy the worlds there. This poison stuck in his throat rendering his neck blue in color. Hence Śiva came to be known as ‘Nīlakaṇtha’ which means ‘one whose neck is blue’.

Nīlakaṇṭha is also the name of a Śaiva scholar from Maharashtra. He probably flourished in the middle of the 18th century. About six works are attributed to him of which his commentaries on the Devībhāgavata and the Kātyāyanī Tantra are well-known. A few more Nīlakaṇthas have been known to the students of the dharmaśāstras as authors of various topics connected with the same.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore