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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.


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By Swami Harshananda

Vidyā literally means learning or knowledge.

Different Types of Vidyā[edit]

Different types of Vidyā can be classified as follows:

  1. Akṣipuruṣa Vidyā
  2. Antarāditya Vidyā
  3. Bhuma Vidyā
  4. Dahara Vidyā
  5. Gāyatrī Vidyā
  6. Madhu Vidyā
  7. Pañcāgni Vidyā
  8. Paryañka Vidyā
  9. Prānāgnihotra Vidyā
  10. Pratardana Vidyā
  11. Purusa Vidyā
  12. Śad Vidyā
  13. Samvarga Vidyā
  14. Śāndilya Vidyā
  15. Udgitha Vidyā
  16. Upakoṣala Vidyā
  17. Vaiśvānara Vidyā


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