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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

Paraśarabhatta lived in A. D. 1073-1165. One of the unfinished tasks of Yāmunācārya[1] which Rāmānuja[2] had inherited and promised to fulfill, was the perpetuation of the name of Parāśara, the great sage who wrote the Viṣṇupurāṇa. As he was searching for a suitable person to whom he could assign the task, his eyes fell on the young son of his own faithful disciple, Kureśa. He gave him the name ‘Parāśarabhaṭṭa,’ trained in the traditional lore of his Vedānta and commanded him to write a detailed commentary on the well-known hymn, the Viṣṇusahasranāma.[3] Parāśarabhaṭṭa successfully completed his assignment and named his commentary as Bhagavadguṇadarpaṇa.[4]

Since he was extremely intelligent and had acquired great scholarship in the Śrīvaiṣṇava philosophy and traditions, Rāmānuja made him the chief pontiff of the Raṅganātha temple complex at Śrīraṅgam in Tamil Nadu. He had attained mastery in Sanskrit as well as Tamil. Nine more works all in Sanskrit have been attributed to him. Some of them are:

  1. Gunaratnakośa
  2. Śrīrañgarājastava
  3. Tattvaratnākara
  4. Adhyātmakhandadvayavivarana
  5. Kriyādīpa.

Vedānta Deśika[5] had been deeply influenced by the writings of Parāśarabhaṭṭa.


  1. He lived in A. D. 912-1042.
  2. He lived in A. D. 1017-1137.
  3. Mahābhārata, Anuśāsanaparva 149
  4. Bhagavadgunadarpaṇa means ‘a Mirror to the Qualities of the Lord’.
  5. He lived in A. D. 1268-1369.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore