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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 Harwshananda

Reṇukā was the foster daughter of the king Prasenajit. He had found her as a baby-girl lying on a lotus flower. She was married to the sage Jamadagni. She bore him five sons of whom Paraśurāma was the youngest.

Once, suspecting her fidelity, Jamadagni asked his sons one by one, to behead her. None obeyed him except Paraśurāma, who promptly beheaded not only Reṇukā but also the elder brothers, as per the command of his father. Pleased with his implicit obedience, Jamadagni asked him to choose any boon. Paraśurāma earnestly requested him to bring them all back to life.


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