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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.

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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Śrautasutra of Kātyāyana[edit]

Kātyāyana is one of the ancient sages credited to be the author of many works. The Śrautasutra of Kātyāyana belongs to the Śukla Yajurveda. It has 26 chapters. The yāgas described in the Śatapatha Brāhmana are dealt with in this work in greater details. Karkabhāsya is a commentary attributed to one Karkācārya, on this work.

Sulbasutras of Kātyāyana[edit]

Kātyāyana is also the author of a Sulbasutra. It has seven kaṇḍikās or sections. It deals mainly with the construction of the vedis or platforms for the performance of Vedic sacrifices. It reveals an astonishing knowledge of geometry.


Kātyāyanasmrti is also called as Karmapradipa. It is available now is in three prapāṭhakas (sections). It is divided into 29 khaṇḍas (chapters) and has 500 verses. This work contains miscellaneous topics like:

Other Works of Kātyāyana[edit]

Two more works on the Vedas, attributed to Kātyāyana are available now:

  1. Sarvānukramani on the Ṛgveda
  2. Similar work on the Śukla Yajurveda

Significance of Kātyāyana in Literature[edit]

The date of Kātyāyana has been approximately placed between the 4th and the 6th centuries A. D. Many authors of dharmaśāstras like Saṅkha-Likhita, Yājñavalkya and Parāśara have considered Kātyāyana as an important expounder of dharma. Though his original works on the various aspects of dharma is not available now, numerous quotations from his work are seen in the nibandhas or digests by other authors.

Kātyāyana, A Grammarian[edit]

There is another Kātyāyana who was a grammarian in the history. He was the author of vārttikās or critical explanatory and complementary notes on certain rules of Pāṇini’s Sanskrit grammar. Patañjali (200 B. c.), the composer of the Mahābhāsya on Pāṇini’s Astādhyāyī, has quoted his vārttikās often.


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

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