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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

Acicchakti literally means ‘non-sentient power of Brahman’.

Perceiving the solid world with our senses is a wonderful phenomenon. The unseen Power behind it is a deep mystery. The quest for the mode by which this unseen Power has evolved into this tangible world has resulted in several philosophical schools or darśanas. Of these, the Vedānta Darśana of Bādarāyaṇa has attracted the maximum number of commentators one of whom is Nimbārka[1]

According to him, Brahman, the highest Reality, is a personal God, identified with Kṛṣṇa or Hari. Brahman has two powers

  • Cit-śakti - sentient power, i.e., the individual souls
  • Acit-śakti - non-sentient power, i.e., nature

At the beginning of creation, He manifests these two powers. From acit-śakti or acicchakti, there is a gradual evolution of the entire material world. This acicchakti manifests itself in three different forms:

  1. The prākṛta or what is derived from the prakṛti, primal matter, responsible for the material world.
  2. The aprākṛta, the non-material aspect, the stuff of the celestial bodies & the regions where the Lord & the freed souls live.
  3. Kāla or time.


  1. Nimbārka is dated to llth-12th cent. A.D.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore