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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

Saṅkarṣaṇa literally means ‘one who was drawn’.

This is one of the names of Balarāma, elder brother of Kṛṣṇa. He was the seventh baby in the womb of Devakī from Vasudeva. However, Yogamāyā, the mysterious power of Lord Viṣṇu, drew the fetus from the womb of Devakī and placed it in the womb of Rohiṇī, the first wife of Vasudeva. Then he was brought up in Nandagokula. Hence Balarāma got this name.


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

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