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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

Vedānta is the last of the six systems of philosophy. Bādarāyaṇa is stated to be its author. Tradition identifies him with Veda-Vyāsa,[1] the celebrated author of the Mahābhārata. Lexicographers like Hemacandra (A. D. 1088-1173)[2] support this view.

Since Bādarāyaṇa lived along with his disciples and son Suka at the Badarī in the Himalayas, he has used the name Brahmasutras in his composition. Bādarāyaṇa appears in the Sāmavidhāna Brāhmana of the Sāmaveda.

Varāhamihira (A. D. 505-587) and Bhaṭṭotpala (10th cent. A. D.) well-known astronomers, have mentioned another Bādarāyaṇa in their works. But, they are different from Bādarāyaṇa-Vyāsa.


  1. Ved Vyāsa also known as Kṛṣna Dvaipāyana
  2. Abhidhānacintāmani—Martyakānda, 512
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore