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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

Among all the philosophical systems, the Advaita Vedānta of Sankara and his followers can boast of the maximum number of written works. One of the writers in this line who has done yeomen service by writing sub-commentaries on all the major works of Śaṅkara is Ānanda-jñāna, celebrated as Anandagiri, who lived in the 14th cent. A. D.

Known as Janārdana in his pre-monastic life, he was the son of one Suryanārāyaṇa and belonged to the country called Cera (now in Tamil Nadu). He was probably a devotee of Viṣṇu. His guru was Suddhānanda. His ṭīkā (comment) on the Brhadāranyaka Vārttika of Sureśvara (7th-8th cent. A.D.) has been highly appreciated. In his original polemical work Vedānta-tarka- sañgraha he has refuted the Vaiśeṣika categories like dravya, guṇa etc.

In his conclusions he has tried to follow his predecessors like Anandabodha (11th cent. A. D.) and others. He holds that avidyā or ajñāna is an indeterminable false entity stuff of this world. Ajñāna is one only and is supported by Brahman.


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