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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

Akṣara literally means ‘imperishable’.

Literally the word signifies anything that is not kṣara, not destructible, hence imperishable. The Upaniṣads use it to describe Brahman and even as its synonym in . For example :

It is for this reason that this word word is considered to be one of the many names of Śiva and Viṣṇu.

Akṣara also signifies Praṇava or Om, the monosyllable that stands for the highest Brahman[4]

The word is also widely used to indicate the letters of the Sanskrit alphabet.


  1. Brhadāranyaka Upaniṣad 3.8.8, 9, 10 and 11
  2. Katha Upaniṣad 3.2
  3. Mundaka Upaniṣad 1.1.5 2.22
  4. Bhagavad Gītā 8.13
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore