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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

Upādhyāya literally means ‘teacher of Vedas’.</ref>

An upādhyāya is a Vedic teacher who teaches the Veda or a part of it, for remuneration. He is also called adhyāpaka. An upādhyāyā is the common name used for lady teacher as well. The wife of an upādhyāya is known as upādhyāyānī or upādhyāyī.

Synonyms of Upādhyāya[edit]

Other words of similar purport are:

  1. Śrotriya or chāndasa - scholar well-versed in the Vedas
  2. Ācārya - one who teaches the Vedas along with their meaning
  3. Guru - who performs the sanskāras or the sacraments


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

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