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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 Vivekananda

Origin of Santānagopāla[edit]

After completing his Vedic studies under his teacher Sāndīpani, Kṛṣṇa requested him to accept some gurudakṣiṇa. Then Sāndīpani, who was aware of Kṛṣṇa’s divinity, requested him to bring back his dead son alive who had been drowned at the Prabhāsa, the famous pilgrimage center on the sea-shore.[1] Kṛṣṇa did it by killing the demon Pañcajana and brought back the boy from the world of Yama, the god of death. This aspect of Kṛṣṇa is known as Santānagopāla.

Iconographical Representation of Santānagopāla[edit]

Iconographical works describe him as four-armed carrying the following:

  1. Śaṅkha - conch
  2. Cakra - discus
  3. Gadā - mace
  4. Padma - lotus

He wears yellow silken garments. He is adorned with peacock feathers. He is surrounded by cows, calves and cowherds.


  1. It is in Gujarat near the Somanātha temple.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore