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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.

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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Vikramāditya literally means ‘Sun of Valor’.

Tradition and old legends describe a great and heroic king named Vikramāditya who drove away foreigners,[1] built an empire and ruled from Ujjayini as his capital. There were nine great men of learning, generally called the Navaratnas,[2] including Kālidāsa, Dhanvantari, Varāhamihira and Vararuci, in his court under his patronage. Later a few kings of the historical period assumed this name as a title. The Vikramaśaka is reckoned from the year 57 B. C., probably the year of his coronation. This śaka is commonly observed and used in North India.


  1. These foreigners were Śakas or Huṇas.
  2. Navratnas means nine gems.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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