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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

Saramā, Mythologically[edit]

According to Vedic mythology as depicted in the Ṛgveda[1] Saramā was a bitch in heaven belonging to Indra. When a group of demons called paṇis stole the cows of heaven, Indra sent her on a search mission. She successfully accomplished the task that led to Indra attacking the paṇis and recovering the cows. Her two issues, the dogs Sārameyas, were employed as the doorkeepers of Yama, the god of death.

Saramā, wife of Vibhiṣaṇa[edit]

Saramā was also the name of the wife of Vibhiṣaṇa, the youngest brother of Rāvaṇa. She was the daughter of a gandharva named Sailuṣa. She helped Sitā in many ways in the days of her captivity in Laṅkā.


  1. Ṛgveda 10.108
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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