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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

Svayamprabhā literally means ‘one who is self-shining’.

Svayamprabhā was the daughter of the sage Śāṇḍilya, hence known as Śāṇḍili also. She was a friend of Hemā, an apsaras.[1] They lived in a beautiful cave created by Māya, a divine architect. When Hemā left for heaven Svayamprabhā was taking care of the cave.

While searching for Sītā, Hanumān and other monkeys entered this cave and were entertained by her. Once Garuḍa offended her and lost his wings by her curse. Later, he apologized and got them back.


  1. Apsaras are the celestial nymph.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore