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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

Trasadasyu was the son of the king Purukutsa and grandson of the famous emperor Māndhātṛ of the solar race. He got this name since the dasyus[1] used to quake in fear[2] before him. Once the sage Agastya approached him for money. Since he did not have it at that time, he suggested him along with two more kings Srutarva and Bradhnāśva, who had come with him, approach Ilvala, a rich and powerful dānava.[3] When Agastya met him, Ilvala realized his greatness and gave him all the money he needed.


  1. Dasyus are the robbers and enemies.
  2. Tras means to be afraid.
  3. He belonged to the race of demons.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore