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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

Vāruṇi, as a Goddess & Gauri[edit]

Vāruṇi means liquor or an intoxicating drink. Hence, Vāruṇī represents the goddess that presides over it. Vāruṇī is also the name of one of the queens of the deity Varuṇa. She is also known as Gaurī.

Deity Vāruṇi[edit]

  • The deity Vāruṇī is also known by other names such as Amṛteśvarī and Sudhāmālinī.
  • She is described by the works on iconography as a goddess with four arms holding a cup of liquor, a bowl of cooked meat, a bejeweled jar and a blue lotus.
  • She is surrounded by a host of śaktis or feminine spirits.
  • As an associate of the goddess Lalitā, she is described as the controller of the fleet of boats.


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