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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

Dhātu literally means ‘that which exists in all’.

Dhātu Generally[edit]

Metals dug out from the bowels of earth like gold and silver as also precious stones are also known as ‘dhātu’.

Dhātu as per Darśanas[edit]

This word is used in several senses. In the darśanas or treatises on philosophy it stands for the pañcabhutas or the five elements, viz., earth, water, fire, air and sky or space or ether.

Dhātus of Body[edit]

In the ancient medical sciences, seven dhātus which sustain our body[1] are mentioned. They are:

  1. Rasa - chyle
  2. Asṛk or rakta - blood
  3. Mānsa - flesh
  4. Medas - fat
  5. Asthi - bone
  6. Majjā - marrow
  7. Śukra - semen

Dhātu as per Sanskrit Grammar[edit]

In Sanskrit grammar, the word means the root form of a verb, like bhu.[2]


  1. It is called as ‘sapta-dhātus’.
  2. Bhu means to exist.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore