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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

Sumantra literally means ‘one who gives good advice’.

Sumantra, a Minister[edit]

Sumantra was a minister in the cabinet of the King Daśaratha. He was also an expert charioteer. He was highly respected for his age and wisdom. He drove the royal chariot on several important occasions like bringing the sage Rṣyaśṛṅga for the sacrifice Putrakāmeṣṭi, sending Rāma to the forest and so on. He also had gone to the forest with Bharata, who tried to bring back Rāma.

Other Sumantras in Mahābhārata[edit]

Some more persons by the same name are met with in the Mahābhārata:


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore