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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

Jñatṛtva literally means ‘the capacity to know’.

All the six systems of philosophy accept the jīva or the jīvātman as a fundamental aspect of creation and the created world. He has three capacities:

  1. Jñātṛtva - the capacity to know
  2. Kartṛtva - the capacity to perform actions
  3. Bhoktṛtva - the capacity to experience the results of these actions

Hence a jiva is termed as:

  1. Jñātṛ - the knower
  2. Kartṛ - doer
  3. Bhoktṛ - enjoyer or experiencer

These three capacities distinguish him from prakṛti or the insentient nature. Therefore they are termed as a sign of life and consciousness.


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