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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

Jatukarṇa, was the fellow-student of Agniveṣa and a great medical author in the golden age of Ayurveda. He is also said to have compiled a medical treatise. Cakrapāṇi quotes it profusely in his own work, even preferring it over Bhela, as do many other renowned physicians. Little is known about him as a person as his original work was lost over time.  

Meaning of Jatukarṇa[edit]

The word Jatukarṇa as such means bat-eared. We do not know whether Jatukarṇa had ears like a bat or whether it was just a proper noun without any relation to its derivation.

References to Jatukarṇa[edit]

  • In Satapatha Brahmana, he is described as the propounder of Brahmavidyā.
  • He is also a great seer whose name is reverentially used to denote a Gotra.
  • VyakhyaKusumavali contains many quotations from Jatukarṇa's work out of which only two are cited above.
  1. NibandhaSangraha
  2. Tattwa-candrika
  • Sivadasa quotes the different readings from Jatukarṇa in commenting on Palankasadyam Tailam.
  • Vagbhata liberally quotes Jatukarṇa in:
  1. VyakhyaMadhukosa
  2. Astāngahṛdaya


  • The Caraka Samhita published by Shree Gulabkunverba Ayurvedic Society, Jamnagar, India