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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

Prakāśātman lived in A. D. 1200. He was also known as Prakāśānubhava, a disciple of Ananyānubhava. Prakāśātman has made his name immortal by writing a voluminous commentary called Pañcapādikā-vivaraṇa on the Pañcapādikā of Padmapāda, a direct disciple of Śaṅkara.[1] The work deals with only the first four sutras of the Brahmasutras, Śankara’s bhāsya on it and Padmapāda’s gloss on Śaṅkara’s bhāṣya. This famous work has given rise to a new school of Advaita, known as the ‘Vivaraṇaprasthāna’.

He has written a gloss on this, known as Pañcapādikā-vivarana, further amplifying Padmapāda’s views. This has developed into a separate and special school of Advaita Vedānta called the Vivaraṇaprasthāna. Padmapāda was a worshiper of the Narasiṅha aspect of Lord Visṇu and had once saved the life of his guru from the hands of the Kāpālikas.


  1. He lived in A. D. 788-820.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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