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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

Gandha literally means ‘smell’.

Gandha as per Vedanta[edit]

Though the word's simple meaning is ‘smell’, it has been used in a more technical sense in the Vedānta philosophy. It is one of the five tanmātras or subtle elements indicating the pure and subtle trace of earth.[1]

Gandha as per Literature[edit]

In literature it indicates the slightest tinge of a substance or a quality in metaphorical sense. For instance, in the sentence, ‘Suka did not have even gandhaleśa of kāma’, it means Suka did not have even the least trace of lust.

Gandha as Candana[edit]

The word is also used to denote candana or sandal paste used as an unguent in pujā or ritualistic worship.


  1. Here Earth refers to as sukṣma-prthvī or gandhatanmātra.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore