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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

Women had a freedom to lead a monastic life from ancient era. This is illustrated by the story of Sulabhā as narrated by Bhīṣma to Yudhiṣṭhira.[1] Sulabhā was the daughter of the king Pradhāna. She had taken to monastic life and was moving about at will after attaining spiritual illumination. Once she heard that the king Dharmadhvaja Janaka of Mithilā had knowledge about Brahman. She went to him out of curiosity to test him and entered into his mind through her mind. A long conversation ensued between them about spiritual and philosophical topics. This has been described in details in the Mahābhārata as mentioned above.


  1. Mahābhārata, Śāntiparva Chapter 320
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore