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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.

Nāstika Darśanas

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Indian philosophical systems known as Darśanas have been broadly grouped under two categories:

  1. The āstika - All those systems which accept the authority of the Vedas are called ‘āstika’.
  2. The nāsitka - All those systems those do not accept the authority of the Vedas are branded as ‘nāstika’. The Cārvāka, the Jaina and the Bauddha systems are classified under it.


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