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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 M. A. Alwar


Indriyārthaḥ is a neutral form.


It derives from "indriyāṇāmarthaḥ" which means 'The object of knowledge arising through the senses.'


Its synonyms are:

  1. Viṣayaḥ
  2. Gocaraḥ[1]

Object of Senses[edit]

The objects of senses are:

  1. Rūpa - Form
  2. Śabda - Sound
  3. Gandha - Smell
  4. Rasa - Taste
  5. Sparśa - Touch

Thoughts from the Rishi's[edit]


"One should not indulge in all the sense-objects out of lust."[2]


“For those who regard pure reputation as their treasure, prize fame above their lives; and what need to say it? Far, far, beyond the objects of pleasure”.[3]


  1. As per Amara.
  2. Manu 4|16
  3. Raghu 14|35
  • Shabdakalpadrumah by Raja Radhakantdev, Varadaprasada Vasu, Haricarana Vasu