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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

Vidyādharas literally means ‘those endowed with the knowledge of magical spells’.

Like Kimpuruṣas and Kinnaras, the Vidyādharas are also a class of celestial beings. They are said to reside in the Himālayan regions. Skilled in several arts and sciences and endowed with magical powers, they are the devotees of Śiva. Iconographical texts show them as dark in color, wearing red garments. They have two protruding tusks. In their two hands, they carry a gadā[1] and a ḍamaru.[2] The buffalo is their vāhana or mount.


  1. Gadā means mace.
  2. Ḍamaru means hand-drum.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore