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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

Caturvarga-cintāmaṇi literally means ‘the wish-yielding gem of the four ends of life’.

Caturvarga-cintāmaṇi is one of the most voluminous and celebrated digests of ancient religious rites and observations.It is written by Hemādri (13th cent. A.D.). He was a minister at the court of the Yādava king of Devagiri (modern Daulatabad in Maharashtra). He might have composed this during A.D. 1260-70. According to the statements in the book, the author intended to treat the subject in five sections:

  1. Vrata - Religious observances
  2. Dāna - Gifts
  3. Tīrtha - Pilgrimage
  4. Mokṣa - Emancipation
  5. Pariśiṣta - Supplement

Since the sections dealing with tirtha and mokṣa are not available now, some scholars feel that Hemādri could not complete his work according to his original intentions. The book is more popular in the Deccan and South India. It is considered as a authentic work.


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