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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

Vyādhi literally means ‘disease’.

Āyurveda or the science of health and longevity, categorizes vyādhi or roga[1] into four groups:

  1. Āgantuka - coming from external sources or accidents
  2. Śārīra - arising in the body due to the disturbance of the balance of the three humours viz., kapha, vāta and pitta
  3. Mānasa - of the mind, due to jealousy, anger, lust and so on
  4. Svābhāvika - natural due to hunger, thirst, old-age, sleep etc.

These diseases may be caused by improper lifestyle and also by the karma of the previous lives.


  1. Roga means disease.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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