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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

Daṇḍaniti literally means ‘that which helps to lead people by the power of punishment’.

Any civilized society needs a government and someone to head it and run it properly. In the ancient and medieval days, the king (called ‘rājā’) was the pivot of the governmental system.

The science and art of governance was given several appellations. Out of all these appellations, the words ‘rājadharma’ and ‘daṇḍaniti’ were most common.

The Arthaśāstra of Kauṭilya (300 B. C.) deals with the two subjects as one unit. These subjects are:

  1. Vārtā - Economics
  2. Daṇḍaniti - Statecraft


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