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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.


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By Swami Harshananda

Aulukya-darśana literally means Uluka’s (Owl's) philosophy.

The sage Kaṇāda is the founder of the Vaiśeṣika system of philosophy, one of the six systems of philosophy. Since he lived upon the grains picked up from the agricultural fields, (kaṇa = grain, ad = to eat) he came to be known as ‘Kaṇāda.’ It is said that he performed severe austerities to get the grace of Śiva. Pleased with his devotion and faith, Śiva appeared before him in the form of an ‘uluka’ (an owl) and taught him this philosophy. Hence Kaṇāda’s Vaiśeṣika Darśana is also known as ‘Aulukya-darśana,’ the philosophy revealed by Śiva in the form of Uluka or owl. Traditional writers of philosophical systems generally refer to the Vaiśeṣika school as ‘Kaṇāda-darśana’ or ‘Aulukya-darśana.’


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