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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

Kṣara literally means ‘destructible’.

It stands for anything that gets destroyed or that is ephemeral. However, the Bhagavadgitā[1] uses the word in a more technical sense. According to it, there are two kinds of beings:

  1. The kṣarapuruṣas - All the beings associated with prakṛti[2] starting with the four faced Brahmā right up to a blade of grass are termed as ‘kṣara’.
  2. The akṣarapuruṣas - The muktapuruṣas or liberated souls are called as ‘aksara’ since they are not associated with the ever changing prakṛti.


  1. Bhagavadgitā 15.16
  2. Prakṛti means embodied beings undergoing transmigration.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore