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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

Śukranitisāra possesses a big chariot drawn by eight horses. This is an abridged edition of an earlier bigger work. The subject matter is both political and non-political. It has four adhyāyas or chapters. The last has seven prakaraṇas or subsections. It may be assigned to the period circa A. D. 1800. There is a voluminous work called Sukranīti in five chapters, which has been printed in A. D. 1987.

Content of Śukranitisāra[edit]

The contents can be briefed as follows:

  • The duties and functions of princes, including that of the crown-prince and some dignitaries
  • General rules of morality to be observed by the king and his associates
  • Characteristics of a king’s friends or allies
  • The royal treasure
  • Arts and sciences
  • Some customs and institutions
  • Duties and functions of the king
  • Forts and armed forces
  • Council of ministers
  • Trade and commerce
  • Public finance
  • Jurisprudence
  • International law

Other Subjects[edit]

The non-political subjects dealt with include:

  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Painting
  • Manners and morals
  • Fine-arts
  • Literature


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

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