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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

Perhaps the Manusmṛti is one of the most ancient and authoritative works in the dharmaśāstra literature. The earliest and exhaustive commentary on it is the bhāṣya of Medhātithi. Circumstantial evidence, as gleaned from other works of dharmaśāstra, points his probable period to be A. D. 825-900.

The Manusmṛti with the bhāṣya of Medhātithi has been published three or four times. Nothing is known about Medhātithi. Some scholars feel that he belonged to South India while others assert that he hailed from Kashmir. He seems to have been a deep scholar of Purvamimānsā system and quotes numerous writers of an earlier period such as Gautama, Āpastamba, Baudhāyana, Vasiṣtha, Parāśara, Bṛhaspati and others. He has drawn upon the Arthaśāstra of Kauṭilya[1] in numerous places.


  1. He lived in 321-300 B. C.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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