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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 Madanaratna is also known as Madanaratnapradipa. Madanapradipa is a voluminous compendium of dharmaśāstra. It is attributed to Viśvanātha, son of Bhattapujya and a resident of Kāśi. He was a court pundit under the king Madanasiṅha. He probably lived during the period A. D. 1400-1450.

The work is in seven sections called ‘uddyotas’ which means ‘that which sheds light'. These sections are:

  1. Samaya - time
  2. Ācāra - conduct
  3. Vyavahāra - legal procedures
  4. Prāyaścitta - expiations
  5. Dāna - gifts
  6. Śuddhi - purificatory rites
  7. Śānti - propitiatory rites

Only a few sections have been published so far.


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