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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

General Meaning[edit]

Vṛtti word, though it appears to be very simple, has as many as fourteen meanings or senses. Only a few of them can be given here. It means a vocation by which a person earns his livelihood. It may also mean behavior in general.

As per Sanskrit Literature[edit]

In Sanskrit literature, it stands for a simple commentary on a well-known treatise, especially in the form of sutras.

As per Yogasutras[edit]

In the Yogasutras,[1] the word stands for the modifications of the mind.

As per Drama Literature[edit]

In drama literature, it signifies a sentiment.


  1. Yogasutras 1.2,4, 5, 10
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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