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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

Vidhi literally means ‘fate’, ‘rule’.

This word is used to indicate Brahmā, the creator and also the fate in general sense. In the Purvamimānsā system it indicates a rule given by the Vedas. Such vidhis are of two kinds:

  1. Sāmānyavidhi - general rule
  2. Viśeṣavidhi - special or particular rule

The second one applies where the first one has to be set aside. For instance, ahiñsā[1] is the highest virtue. This is the general rule. However, it does not apply to holy acts such as Vedic sacrifices where animals have to be immolated.


  1. Ahiñsā means non-injury or non violent.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore