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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

Drastā literally means ‘the seer'.

According to the various works on the Vedānta system of philosophy, each one of us is actually the ātman or the soul whose real nature is ‘sat-cit-ānanda’.[1] The ātman is identified with the body-mind complex due to primeval ignorance, which can be annihilated by jñāna or knowledge. The process of discrimination between the dṛk or drasṭā[2] and the dṛśya[3] will ultimately help in isolating the ātman from the body, the mind and the senses.

For instance, an external object is dṛśya and the eye is the dṛk. The eye becomes the dṛśya for the mind which is now dṛk. However this mind becomes the dṛśya for the ātman, the conscious Self. There is none who is the dṛk for the ātman. Hence the ātman is the ultimate dṛk or draṣtā. The draṣṭā, having pure consciousness, continues to remain so even if there is nothing to be dṛśya for him. For instance, in an empty pitch dark room, though the eye is ‘seeing,’ there is nothing to be ‘seen.’

Similarly, the draṣtā or the ātman as the ultimate witness, is always the conscious subject or the seer. There is no loss of his consciousness irrespective of the existence or non-existence of objects to be comprehended by him.


  1. Sat-citnanda means existence, knowledge and bliss.
  2. Drasṭā is referred as the seer, the witness or the subject
  3. Dṛśya can be referred as the seen or the object.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore