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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

Karmendriyas literally means ‘organs of action’.

Every human being is endowed with eleven indriyas or sense-organs. These organs are five jñānendriyas, five karmendriyas and a mind.

The five karmendriyas or organs of action are:

  1. Vāk - speech
  2. Pāṇi - hands
  3. Pāda - feet
  4. Pāyu - excretory organ
  5. Upastha - organ of reproduction

These have been called ‘karmendriyas’ because they are the indriyas or sense organs responsible for karma or action.

Root of Karmendriyas[edit]

Karmendriyas are the products of the rajas aspect of the five tanmātras[1] as follows:

  • Ākāśa or ether or space gives rise to vāk.
  • Vāyu or air gives rise to pāṇi.
  • Agni or fire gives rise to pāda.
  • Āpas or water gives rise to pāyu.
  • Pṛthvī or earth gives rise to upastha.


  1. Tanmātras are the subtle elements.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore