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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 expose the correspondence between textbooks and the colonial-racist discourse. This racist discourse 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.


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By Swami Harshananda

Āstika-darśana literally means ‘philosophical systems believing in the authority of the Vedas’.

The philosophical systems known as ‘darśanas’ are generally divided into two groups :

  1. The āstika
  2. The nāstika

The word ‘āstika’ is usually interpreted as ‘believing in the authority of the God and Vedas,’ which accept the existence of God, the soul, heaven and other worlds, the doctrines of karma and rebirth and so on. Hence the well-known six systems of philosophy, the ‘ṣaḍ-darśanas’, are grouped under the term ‘āstika’.


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