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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

Uttarakumara was the son of the king Virāṭa of Matsyadeśa. When the Kauravas invaded Virāṭa’s capital and were taking away the royal cows, Uttara boasted that he would drive them away. Taking Bṛhannalā[1] as his charioteer, he went to the battle-field. However when he saw the huge army of the enemies he was unnerved and wanted to run away. Arjuna succeeded in encouraging him as his charioteer. He drove away all the Kauravas. He participated in the Kurukṣetra war for the Pāṇḍavas and was killed by Śalya, the king of Madradeśa.


  1. Bṛhannalā is the Arjuna disguised as a eunach.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore