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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

Aṇu literally means ‘the atom,’ ‘atomic’.

The smallest part of a physical substance which cannot be divided further, is called aṇu (and sometimes, paramāṇu). According to the Vaiśeṣika system of philosophy, the four elements mentioned below are atomic in size :

  1. Earth
  2. Water
  3. Air
  4. Fire

The perceptible elements are formed out of a combination of these atoms. The Viśiṣtādvaita Vedānta and the Pāśupata system of Śaivism consider the ātman (the individual soul) as aṇu or atomic in size. The word is sometimes used to indicate a minute unit of time also: 54,675,000th part of a muhurta (of 48 minutes). In prosody it is the fourth part of a mātrā (syllabic instant).


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