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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

Kṣarapuruṣa literally means ‘the being who changes’.

In the Bhagavadgitā[1] Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa describes two kinds of puruṣas or beings:

  1. The kṣara - All the living beings and objects associated with prakṛti or nature, whether it is Brahmā the creator or the blade of grass, are ‘kṣara’ puruṣas since they are subject to change.
  2. The akṣara - The ‘akṣara’ puruṣas are the liberated souls who are ever established in their essential changeless nature.

Sometimes ‘kṣarapuruṣa’ is interpreted as the products of prakṛti[2] and ‘akṣarapuruṣa’ as the māyā, power of God.


  1. Bhagavadgitā 15.16
  2. Prakṛti means mother nature.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore