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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

Yoganidrā literally means ‘sleep-like condition in yoga’.

After pralaya or dissolution of the world, before next creation, God[1] is said to rest in sleep. It is actually a sleep-like condition and is called yoganidrā. Iconographical works like the Pādma-samhitā describe Yoganidrā as a goddess, dark in color, resting on a cot in a half sleepy state. She has two hands, the left carrying a noose and the right a pānapātra or a bowl of intoxicating drink.


  1. God referred here is Lord Viṣṇu.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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