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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

Whenever God Viṣṇu incarnated himself on this earth, his consort Lakṣmī also would do so as his spouse. In his incarnation as Kṛṣṇa, Lakṣmī came down as Rukmiṇī. Rukmiṇī was the daughter of Bhīṣmaka, the king of Vidarbha. Though she wanted to marry Kṛṣṇa only, her elder brother Rukmi opposed it vehemently. So she sent a secret message through a trusted brāhmaṇa to Kṛṣṇa, who successfully managed to abduct her and later marry her. Pradyumna was her son and Cārumatī, her daughter. She immolated herself in a fire after the demise of Kṛṣṇa.


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

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