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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

Ajaa literally means ‘that which is not inert’.

Literally the word ajaḍa stands for any active and sentient principle as opposed to jaḍa, the inactive and the insentient. However it is used as a technical term in the Viśiṣṭādvaita school of philosophy, the chief exponent of which was Rāmānuja (1017-1137 AD).

Any dravya or substance can be divided into two groups :

  1. Jaḍa
  2. Ajaḍa

Prakṛti or nature and kāla or time are grouped under jaḍa.

Ajaḍa is further classified in four groups:

  1. Īśvara - God
  2. Jīva - individual soul
  3. Nityavibhuti - immaterial infinite domain of īśvara
  4. Dharmabhutajñāna - attributive consciousness of the jīvas


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