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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

The dharmaśāstra literature is vast and many writers quote the earlier writers as the authorities to support their own views. One such ancient author is Jātukarṇya. The name is also spelt as Jātukarṇi or Jātukarṇa. He perhaps lived earlier than the 3rd century CE.

Jātukarṇya has been quoted in verses and prose by Viśvarṇpa (9th century CE). He was also quoted in the Mitākṣarā of Vijñāneśvara (12th century CE), Haradatta (circa CE 1100-1300), Aparārka (12th century CE) and others.

Jātukarṇya's Perspective[edit]

Some of the views attributed to him are as includes :

  • A pupil should not suddenly put questions to his teacher in an assembly
  • Prohibition of marrying another wife of a lower caste when already having one wife of one’s own caste
  • Prāyaścitta for a boy before upanayana
  • Prāyaścitta for accidentally drinking liquor

Concepts of Jātukarṇya's Work[edit]

His work is not available now. It probably was in the form of sutras. The subjects dealt with in it might include:


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