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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

Gaṅgeśa is also known as Gaṅgeśa Upādhyāya (A. D. 1200). He was the brightest luminary among the logicians of Bengal who started a new school called ‘Navya-nyāya’. He belonged to Mithilā in North Bihar. He wrote only one work, the Tattvacintāmani in which he has dealt with only four pramāṇas[1] accepted by the Nyāya-sutras of the sage Gautama. They are:

  1. Pratyakṣa - direct perception
  2. Anumāna - inference
  3. Upamāna - comparison
  4. Śabda - Veda

His discussions on the anumāna aspect of knowledge received great attention among the scholars, thus developing an entirely new school of thought. A very large number of commentaries and sub-commentaries have been composed on this single work. Among them, the commentary of Raghunātha Śiromaṇi (A. D. 1500) and the sub-commentaries on the same became extremely popular among the scholars of Bengal. This work has major contribution in the direction of linguistic notations than in metaphysics.


  1. Pramāṇas are the means or methods of knowledge.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore