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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

Indriya-s literally means ‘sense-organs’. They enable a human being to acquire knowledge from the external world and to react to it. They are generally grouped into two categories:

  1. The Jñānendriya - organs of knowledge
  2. The Karmendriya- organs of action

Since both the types of indriya-s have five sub categories, they are also called ‘pañcajñānendriya-s’ and ‘pañcakarmendriya-s’.[1] Even the mind is considered as an indriya and termed as ‘antahkaraṇa’ or the inner organ.

Categories of Jñānendriya[edit]

The five jñānendriya are:

  1. Śrotra - ear
  2. Tvag - skin
  3. Cakṣus - eye
  4. Jihvā or rasanā - tongue
  5. Ghrāṇa - nose

The Jñānendriya-s are produced from the sattva part of the tanmātras or suksmabhutas or subtle elements.

Categories of Karmendriya[edit]

The five karmendriyas are:

  1. Vāk - speech
  2. Pāṇi - hands
  3. Pāda - feet
  4. Pāyu - organs of evacuation
  5. Upastha - organs of procreation

The Karmendriya-s are produced from the rajas part of tanmātras or suksmabhutas or subtle elements.


  1. Pañca means five.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore