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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

The life of an average person was generally guided both at the individual and at the social level by the smṛtis and the dharmaśāstras. Among all the smṛtis, the most ancient and widely accepted is the Manusmrti (100 B. C.). The Manvarthamuktāvali by Kullukabhatta is widely known of all the commentaries on this work. It has been printed several times.

Kullukabhatta was the son of Bhaṭṭa-divākara and belonged to the Vārendra family of Bengal. He must have flourished sometime during the period CE 1150 -1300. This work was probably composed around CE 1250 in Kāśī. His commentary is concise, lucid and to the point. He avoids all the unnecessary discussions though he is quite critical about Medhātithi (circa CE 825-900) and Govindarāja (11th century CE). Both of them also wrote commentaries on the Smṛti of Manu.

Vivādasāgara and Aśaucasāgara are two more works, alluded to, by him, which too must have been a part of this bigger work. Kullukabhatta was an adept in the Purvamīmāmsā doctrines.

Śrāddhasāgara is another work attributed to him wherein he deals with the following topics:

  • Times and places suitable for śrāddha
  • Aṣtakāśrāddha which even the śudras can perform
  • Details regarding intercalary months
  • The yajñopavīta or the sacred thread

Perhaps this work was a part of a bigger work called Smṛtisāgara which is not available now.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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