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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

Kṛtyaratnākara literally means ‘ocean of religious observances’.

The Kṛtyaratnākara is one of the seven sections of the voluminous nibandha or digest, the Smrtiratnākara. It is the Ratnākara by Caṇḍeśvara. It has 22 taraṅgas.[1] It deals with:

  • Nature of dharma
  • Various vratas
  • Religious observances including rites to be performed on eclipse days

The Ratnākara has greatly influenced the writers of dharmaśāstras and nibandhas from Mithilā (North Bihar) and Bengal.


  1. Taraṅgas refer to sub-sections here.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore