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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

Satyabhāmā was one of the aṣṭa-mahiṣīs or eight queens of Kṛṣṇa. She was the daughter of Satrājit, a chieftain of the Yadu race. In her previous life, she was Guṇavatī, daughter of a pious brāhmaṇa Devaśarman. Due to her purity of life, austerities and devotion to Viṣṇu, she was reborn as Satyabhāmā and got Kṛṣna as her husband. Kṛṣṇa brought the pārijāta[1] tree from heaven on her demand. Once she was obliged to accept defeat by Rukmiṇi, the chief queen of Kṛṣṇa, whose devotion proved to be greater than hers.


  1. Pārijāta means night jasmine.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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