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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

Vaiśeṣika-darśana is one of the six systems of philosophy grouped under the āstika schools. These schools accept the authority of the Vedas. They owe its systematization to the sage Kaṇāda. He was also known as Aulukya.

Kaṇāda probably lived subsisting on uñchavṛtti or small grains. Hence he got the name as Kaṇāda. Kaṇa means small grain and ad means to eat. Being the son of the sage Ulka, he was also nicknamed as Aulukya.[1]

There is not much information about him. According to some scholars he might have lived before Buddha and belonged to Prabhāsa in Saurāṣṭra, Gujarat.


  1. Aulukya means the son of, or belonging to the family of Uluka.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore