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Colonial Discourse and the Suffering of Indian American Children is now published after academic peer-review and available through open access.

In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences that Indian American children face after they are exposed to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We show that there is an intimate connection―an almost exact correspondence―between James Mill’s ( a prominent politician in Britain and head of the British East India Company) colonial-racist discourse and the current school-textbook discourse. Consequently, this archaic and racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces in the Indian American children the same psychological impact as racism is known to produce: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon similar to racelessness where the children dissociate from the tradition and culture of their ancestors

This book is an outcome of 4 years of rigorous research as a part of our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within Academia.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Puryaṣṭaka literally means ‘city or body comprising eight parts’.

It is the sukṣmaśarira or the subtle body that is responsible for the transmigration of the jīva, the soul in bondage. According to some schools of Śaivism, the sukṣmaśarīra comprises eight parts and hence is called the ‘puryaṣtaka’.[1] or the body.[2] These eight are:

  1. The five tanmātras - subtle elements
  2. The fives thulabhutas - gross elements
  3. The five jñānendriyas - organs of sense
  4. The five karmendriyas - organs of action
  5. The antahkaraṇa - or the inner organ comprising manas or mind, buddhi or the intellect and ahaṅkāra or ego-sense
  6. The three guṇas - sattva, rajas and tamas
  7. The pradhāna or prakrti
  8. The pañcatattvas or the five principles which are:


  1. Purī means the city of nine gates.
  2. Aṣtaka means a group of eight.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore