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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

Vāsuki is one of the eight well-known serpents of paurāṇic celebrity. Nāgarāja and Nāgendra are his other names. He was an offspring of Kaśyapa and Kadru. He is described as one of the seven dragons holding the earth on his hoods. He was used as a rope wound round the mountain Mandara at the time of churning the milky ocean. Sataśīrṣā was his wife and Jaratkāru was his sister. Sometimes Vāsuki is also described as one of the dikpālas[1] presiding on the downward direction.


  1. Dikpālas means guardians of directions.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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