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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

Rājā literally means ‘one who shines with power’ ‘king’.

Ancient scriptures recognized the great necessity for the office of the king or the Supreme Head of the State. Otherwise, jungle-law would prevail. In the Vedic age, the kings were actually social leaders elected by the people. The office of the king as a hereditary institution seems to be a later development. Even then, the people’s consent was taken before the appointment of the Yuvarāja[1] who would later on succeed to the throne. Most of the ancient kings traced their descent to Surya,[2] Candra,[3] or Agni.[4]


  1. Yuvarāja is the crown prince.
  2. Surya means the Sun.
  3. Candra means the Moon.
  4. Agni means the Fire.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore