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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

Śābara-bhāṣya literally means ‘commentary by Sabara-svāmin’.

The basic work of the Mimānsā philosophy, one of the six systems of philosophy, is the Purvamimānsā Sutras of Jaimini assigned to 200 B. C. The earliest extant commentary on it is the Śābarabhāsya or Śabarabhāsya attributed to Śabarasvāmi who might have lived either during 57 B. c. or during A. D. 200. According to some scholars he was the father of the king Vikramāditya,[1] by his kṣattriya wife. The commentary, in chaste and ideal Sanskrit prose, is quite voluminous, dealing with all the aspects of interpretation of the Vedas. He often mentions a Vṛttikāra and quotes his views several times. Whether he is the same as Bodhāyana quoted by Rāmānuja[2] is not certain.


  1. Here Vikramāditya referred is of the Vikrama Era fame.
  2. He lived in A. D. 1017-1137.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore