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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

Kalā literally means ‘that which increases’. It is a Sanskrit word and has several meanings. It's interpretation depends on the context in which it is used. The word kalā denotes to be a 'part' of anything on a general note, though it has a wide usage with other meanings as well.

Meaning as Arts and Science[edit]

The word kalā is also referred to as art or science. There are 64 types of arts listed. Some of them are:

  • Gītam - music
  • Nṛtyam - dancing
  • Puṣpā- staraṇam - decoration with flowers
  • Aindrajāla - magic
  • Prahelikā - giving riddles for solving
  • Takṣakarma - carpentry
  • Vāstuvidyā - architecture
  • Nimitta jñāna - futurology with the help of omens
  • Dhātuvāda - metallurgy

Meaning in Ayurveda[edit]

In Ayurveda,[1] it refers to the seven human body parts.

Meaning in Upaniṣads[edit]

The Upaniṣads sometimes refer to 16 kalās or parts. Some of them are:

These kalās are associated with a living being and responsible for his bondage.[2]


  1. Ayurveda means health-science.
  2. Praśna Upaniṣad 6
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore