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Colonial Discourse and the Suffering of Indian American Children is now published after academic peer-review and available through open access.

In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences that Indian American children face after they are exposed to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We show that there is an intimate connection―an almost exact correspondence―between James Mill’s ( a prominent politician in Britain and head of the British East India Company) colonial-racist discourse and the current school-textbook discourse. Consequently, this archaic and racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces in the Indian American children the same psychological impact as racism is known to produce: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon similar to racelessness where the children dissociate from the tradition and culture of their ancestors

This book is an outcome of 4 years of rigorous research as a part of our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within Academia.

Acyuta Prekṣa

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

It is often seen that some persons become known to history because of their association with the one who makes history. The former, though deserving better recognition, is overshadowed by the latter, or, become known only because of their association with the latter is a matter of opinion.

Acyuta Prekṣa is the one who gave samnyāsa to Madhvācārya, belongs to this group. Not much is known of him. As per the scanty information available in the work Mani-mañjarl of Nārāyaṇācārya (14th cent. A.D.), he was the head of the ‘Bhaṇḍāra-keri Maṭha.’ His preceptor belonged to ‘Ānanda- bāla Maṭha’ and hailed from Nandigrāma.

Acyuta Prekṣa belonged to the Bhāgavata school. He administered the monastic vows and gave the new names Purṇa-prajña, Ānandatīrtha and others to Madhvācārya. He accepted defeat from his own disciple while teaching him. In course of time, he himself was converted into a dvaitin.


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