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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

Nyāya literally means ‘that which takes by the right path’.

This word is used in several senses, the most general one being ‘what is right or proper’. It also stands for the Nyāya philosophy. In particular, it indicates the general line of an argument which must have five steps:

  1. Pratijñā - the first enunciation of what is to be proved
  2. Hetu - the reason
  3. Udāharaṇa - illustrations
  4. Upanaya - corroboration
  5. Nigamana - final conclusion


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

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