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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

Sampāti and Jaṭāyu, the two great eagles mentioned in the Rāmāyaṇa, were brothers and were the sons of Aruṇa, the charioteer of Sūrya.[1] Once both of them started flying towards the sun. As they flew nearer the sun, the heat became so intense that it became unbearable. Sampāti, to protect his younger brother Jaṭāyu, spread his wings over him thereby getting them burnt.


When the sage Candra heard his story, he told him that he would get back his wings when he would reveal the place where Sītā was kept to the monkey army of Rāma. This he did and got back his wings.


  1. Sūrya means the Sun-god.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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