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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

Kāraṇa literally means ‘that by which something is accomplished’.

Philosophical systems have highlighted the problem of kāraṇa or cause and kārya or effect and their mutual relationship. Kāraṇa or cause is of various kinds:

  • Upādānakāraṇa is the material cause like the clay for a pot.
  • Nimittakāraṇa is the efficient cause like the potter’s wheel, stick and the potter for the pot.
  • Samavāyikāraṇa is the inherent cause and the threads are for the cloth out of which it is woven.

Other examples for samavāyikāraṇa are the existence of a part in a whole. It is a quality in a qualified object or movement in a moving object. Asamavāyikārana is the non-inherent cause like the color of the threads which causes the color of the cloth after it is woven. Color is related to the threads directly and indirectly to the cloth. Mulakaraṇa is the original cause of the universe, i.e., Brahman or God.


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