Colonial Discourse and the Suffering of Indian American Children Book Cover.webp

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

Vaikuntha literally means ‘that which is without or beyond destruction’.

Vaikuṇṭha, a Synonym of Viṣṇu[edit]

This word is used as one of the names of Viṣṇu and also of his abode or world. Viṣṇu is called Vaikuṇṭha since he is:

  1. Without or beyond destruction
  2. The ruler of jīvas[1]
  3. The giver of knowledge

Vaikuṇṭha, an Abode of Viṣṇu[edit]

Vaikuṇṭha is more well-known in the epics and purāṇas as the abode or world of Viṣṇu. This world is of infinite dimensions. The liberated souls live there having a similar form as the Lord Viṣṇu. It is full of unimaginable wealth and splendor. Great beings like Brahmā, sages like Śanaka and other perfected beings live there in eternal bliss under the loving care of Viṣṇu and Lakṣmī serving them with deep devotion.[2]


  1. Jivas means individual selves.
  2. Bhāgavata 3.15.14-25
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

Contributors to this article

Explore Other Articles