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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 M. A. Alwar


Indravṛddhā is a feminine form.


The word can be derived in two ways:

  1. "Indreṇa indriyajanitadoṣeṇa vṛddhā" which means 'Old due to detrimental effects of the sense-organs'
  2. "Indraḥ śreṣṭho'pi vṛddhaḥ kṛśo bhavati yasyāḥ" which means 'That due to which even a great man becomes old/lean'


Indravṛddhā is a disease which causes sores.


Nidāna describes the symptoms of the disease as follows:

  1. In this disease, in the center a boil appears like that of pericarp of lotus which is surrounded by small boils. It is called as indraviddha.
  2. It is caused by vata and pitta.


Bhāvaprakāśa mentions the treatment of four diseases listed below as same.

  1. Treatment of vivṛta
  2. Treatment of indravṛddhā
  3. Treatment of gardabhikā
  4. Treatment of jalagardabhika

For all these four diseases treatment should be similar to that of pittaja visarpa and once it ripens it should be treated with ghee prepared out of drugs of jīvanīya gaṇa.[1]


  1. “या पद्मकर्णिकाकारा पिटिका पिटिकान्विता । साविद्धा वातपित्ताभ्यां ताभ्यामेव च गर्द्दभी” ॥
  • Shabdakalpadrumah by Raja Radhakantdev, Varadaprasada Vasu, Haricarana Vasu