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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

Alaukika-upāya literally means ‘supernatural method or means’.

The śruti or Veda prescribe certain rituals to obtain specific objects of desire through divine grace. These alaukika-upāyas or supernatural means enable one to satisfy desires that one may not be able to fulfill through ones own efforts.

Shastra provide these alaukika-upāya as unfulfilled desires fill the heart and prevent a person from having peace of mind.

These upāya-s include the syena-yāga or means for the destruction of the enemy. But such methods require a guru to guide a person and its use is also forbidden by the śruti itself. Śruti illuminates the path to be chosen and the ones to be avoided. The choice is left to the person who is guided, hence he can choose the correct path.


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