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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

Cintāmaṇi literally means ‘thought-gem’.

Cintāmaṇi as per Purāṇas[edit]

The purāṇas describe this as a supernatural gem. The owner of this is said to obtain whatever he wishes for (maṇi = gem; cintā = thought, wish).

Cintāmaṇi as per Literature[edit]

In devotional literature, God is described as Cintāmaṇi for the same reason.

Cintāmaṇi as per Astrology[edit]

In astrology, a particular combination of planets heralding an auspicious time for travelling is called cintāmaṇi.

Cintāmaṇi as per Buddhism[edit]

In Buddhist symbols it stands for the mind.


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