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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

Haradatta (A.D. 1200?) was an advaitin who carved out an important niche in the dharmaśāstra literature. He was the second son of Padmakumāra and in all probability belonged to South India. He was a great devotee of Śiva. His works are:

  1. Anākulā, a commentary on the Āpastamba Grhyasutras
  2. Anāvilā, a commentary on the Āśvalāyana Grhyasutras
  3. Mitāksarā, a commentary on the Gautama Dharmasutras
  4. Ujjvalā, a commentary on the Āpastamba Dharmasutras

These commentaries are meticulous in grammar. They have been considered as models for commentators.


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