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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

A sage often mentioned in the Mahābhārata, Udaṅka had propitiated Viṣṇu through his tapas and had got some boons. Once Kṛṣṇa, after the Kurukṣetra war, came to his hermitage to pay his respects. Thinking that the war which had decimated many kṣattriya warriors, had been maneuvered by him, the sage tried to curse him. However, he soon realized, by the cosmic form exhibited by Kṛṣṇa, his mistake and sought boons from him.

Udaṅka, also known as Uttaṅka, was a disciple of the sage Gautama. While bidding goodbye to him after completing his studentship, Gautama asked him to get the earrings of Madayantī, the queen of the king Saudāsa, for his wife Ahalyā. Udaṅka got them after a great effort.


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