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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

Vedavatī was the daughter of the sage Kuśadhvaja. She was extraordinarily beautiful. When she was doing tapas or severe austerities to get Lord Viṣṇu as her husband, Rāvaṇa tried to molest her. She escaped from him, cursed him that she will get him killed in her next birth and immolated herself in the Vedic fire. She was later born as Sītā,[1] the foster daughter of Janaka.


  1. Rāmāyana, Uttarakānda, Chapter 17
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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