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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

Akṣapāda literally means ‘One who has an eye in his foot’.

Akṣapāda is identified with Gautama, the founder of the Nyāya-darśana (the Nyāya system of philosophy, of logical realism) and might have lived in the 3rd century B. C.

The story goes that he was against the Vyāsa who had criticized his philosophy and so vowed that he would never see him. Later on, realizing his mistake he produced through his yogic powers an eye in his foot through which he could see Vyāsa but could also maintain the earlier vow of not seeing him with the regular eyes.


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