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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

Ayurveda or the science of life is the first of the four Upavedas or subsidiary Vedas.

Among the extant works on this science, the two that are considered ancient and highly authoritative are:

  1. Caraka Samhitā - The renowned commentaries on this work is Āyurvedadīpikā or Caraka-tātparyadipikā.
  2. Suśruta Samhitā - The renowned commentaries on this work is Bhānumati.

These commentaries were written by Cakrapāṇidatta. He lived in the 11th cent. A. D. and was the son of Nārāyaṇa, an official at the court of the king Nayapāla of Gauḍadeśa. He was trained under the teacher Naradatta. Among his original works, Cikitsāsārasañgraha ranks first.


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