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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

Commentaries on Śāndilya Bhaktisutras[edit]

The Śāndilya Bhaktisutras are also known as the Sāndilya-śata-sutrīyam. It has two well-known commentaries:

  1. Bhāsya of Svapneśvara
  2. Bhakti-candrikā of Nārāyaṇatīrtha

Origin of Svapneśvara[edit]

Svapneśvara must have existed sometime during the period 14th to the 17th century A. D. but more nearer to the 14th. He belonged to Gauḍadeśa or Bengal. He was the son of Jaleśvara and grandson of Viśārada. Jaleśvara was the commander-in-chief of the king of Bengal.

Other Literary Works[edit]

Nothing more is known about him except that he wrote two more treatises:

  1. The Nyāyatattvanikasa
  2. The Vedānta-tattvanikasa

Unfortunately neither work is available now. His commentary on Śāṇḍilya’s Bhaktisutras is simple, natural and direct.


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

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