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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

Chala literally means ‘quibble’.

The Nyāyasutras of Gautama (4th cent. B.C.) are the basic text of logical realism. It is also one of the six systems of philosophical thoughts. It delineates 16 topics out of which nearly half deal with logic. ‘Chala’ is one of them.

The word is usually translated as ‘quibble’. It is one of the trick adopted by an opponent to conquer the exponent by deliberately misinterpreting his statement. For instance when the exponent says, ‘The boy is “navakambala” (possessing a new blanket), the opponent can unfairly object saying that, ‘The boy is not possessing nine blankets’ since ‘nava’ means ‘new’ as well as ‘nine’. This is called as ‘chala’.


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