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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

Yātudhāna literally means ‘one who nourishes the Rākṣasas[1]’.

The word Yātudhāna has been used in the Rgveda several times.[2] It has been employed in the sense of a Rākṣasa that tries to harm human beings. Yātudhānas are fond of eating flesh and drinking blood of human beings and domestic animals like horses. They can cause serious diseases and even lunacy. They are very active during evenings and nights. They are specially fond of spoiling Vedic sacrifices. However, the deity Agni is powerful enough to destroy them. Hence prayers are specially offered to him.[3]


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore