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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.

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By Swami Harshananda

Sudāsa, the son of Divodāsa and a descendent of Pijavana, was a king of the Bhārata race. In the Dāśarājña episode of the Ṛgveda[1][2] he is said to have defeated the combined armies of the ten kings of races like the Pakthas, the Bhalānas, the Vaṣānins and others. His chief priest was Vasiṣṭha whereas the latter kings were guided by Viśvāmitra. The Aśvins gave him Sudevī as his queen. Indra is said to have helped him in all his invasions. He was a great king known for the generous gifts.


  1. Ṛgveda 7.33.3
  2. Ṛgveda 5; 7.83.8
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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