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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.

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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Deval Sancheti

Cakrapani is the most famous commentator of Caraka Samhita. His commentary has been printed at many places. From the statements at the end of Ayurveda-dipikā, Cikitsā sangraha and Sivadasa, Cakrapani's father's name was Narayana[1] and his elder brother's name was Bhanudatta. Both his father and brother served the Gaudā King, Nayapāla[2].

Cakrapani's preceptor's name was Naradatta and he was a native of Bengal. Jayadeva says:

Cakrapani is reputed to be a resident of Birbhum district of Bengal. There is a temple dedicated to the deity known as Cakrapāṇiswara, built by Cakrapāṇi.

From the benedictory opening verses of Cakra-sangraha, we learn that several epithets like Vaidya, Mahāmahopadhyāya and Śivabhakta are christened to him. Besides his unrivaled commentary on Caraka three other works are ascribed to his pen.


  1. He was the commentator of Cikitsā-sangraha
  2. King Nayapāla existed in circa 1040-1070 CE
  • Article based on The Caraka Samhita published by Shree Gulabkunverba Ayurvedic Society, Jamnagar, India