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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

Significance of Yakṣagāṇa[edit]

One of the best means of spreading religion, as spiritual evolution and ethical values, among the masses is through properly designed dramas with appropriate music and dance. Folk dramas with religious themes, taken mostly from the epics and the purāṇas, have been serving this purpose for centuries. The Kathakkalī of the Kerala State and the Yakṣagāna prevalent in the Karnataka State are two such arts worth mentioning.

Peculiarities of Yakṣagāna[edit]

  • Though based on the techniques given in the Nātyaśāstra of Bharata, the Yakṣagāṇa has attained a strong local color.
  • The artists not only dance vigorously but also sing and talk according to the roles they have to play.
  • There is enough scope to show their talents through impromptu speeches also.
  • The stories and themes are taken mostly from the epics and the purāṇas.
  • A master narrates the story and also sings to the accompaniment of simple musical instruments in the background.
  • Now-a-days use of the harmonium and the mṛdaṅga[1] has become quite common. Even the modern stage set up have evolved.
  • Costumes and make-up of the artists are very similar to the ones used in the Kathakkalī.
  • Over the years three different traditions of Yakṣagana have evolved due to local variations.


  1. Mṛdaṅga means drum.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore