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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

Significance of Nilapurāṇa[edit]

If the number and the titles of the Mahāpurāṇas are fairly well-settled, those of the Upapurāṇas are not. One of the Upapurāṇas, not listed among the traditional ones, but quoted by the writers of dharmaśāstras is the Nila or the Nilapurāṇa. Though mentioned only in the Rāja-tarañginī of Kalhaṇa,[1] it is a very interesting work, throwing a lot of light on the various aspects of Kashmir, like its history, legendary lores and topography.

Contents of Nilapurāṇa[edit]

While dealing with the Dīpāvalī festival, it calls the Aśvina-amāvāsyā[2] as ‘Śukhasuptikā’ and gives a grand, detailed description of its celebration. Fasting during the day, decorating temples with a long series of oil lamps, dressing oneself in new clothes and giving good feast to the brāhmaṇas are the methods given for celebrating this festival.


  1. He lived in 12th cent. A. D.
  2. Aśvina-amāvāsyā is the new-moon day of the month of Āśvina in November.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore