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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

Śrutaprakaśikā literally means ‘exposition of what is heard’.

Bādarāyaṇa’s Vedāntasutras is a basic work of Vedānta philosophy on which many ācāryas[1] have written learned commentaries. Rāmānuja’s[2] commentary on it is well-known as Sribhāsya. The earliest and the most authoritative sub-commentary on it is the Śruta-prakāśikā of Sudarśanasuri.[3] He was a disciple of Vātsya Varadācārya[4] who was also called Nadādur Ammāl.

When Vātsya Varadācārya used to deliver enlightening discourses on the Sribhāsya of Rāmānuja, Sudarśanasuri used to listen attentively and make notes. Based on that, he composed his detailed sub-commentary. He named it as Śruta-prakāśikā because it expounded or brought to light what he had heard was śruta. Being a detailed and unambiguous exposition it is regarded highly in Viśiṣṭādvaita circles.


  1. Ācāryas means spiritual preceptors and founders of the systems of philosophy.
  2. He lived in A. D. 1017-1137.
  3. He lived in A. D. 1200- 1275.
  4. He lived in A. D. 1165-1275.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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