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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

Varisāra literally means ‘secret of upāsanā or meditation’.

This is a short but well-known work of the Śākta school of the tantras. It was composed by Bhāskararāya Makhin.[1] It has 167 kārikās[2] divided into two arnśas or sections.[3] The author himself has written a detailed gloss on it. The work expounds in detail the philosophy behind the Śricakra and the Pañcadaśāksarī mantra by connecting them with the various tattvas or principles taught in the tantras. It is an esoteric and a highly complicated work.


  1. He lived in 17th- 18th Century.
  2. Kārikās means brief sentences.
  3. The calculation is 53 + 114 = 167.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore