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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

Nandapaṇḍita lived in circa A. D. 1580-1630. He was son of Rāmapaṇḍita Devaśarma, was a descendant of Lakṣmīdhara, belonging to Bidar.[1] He probably lived mostly in Kāśī where he composed his voluminous works on the dharmaśāstras. His another name was Vināyaka. He was patronized by several rich persons from different parts of the country like Paramānanda of the Sahagila family, Harivamśavarma of the Mahendra family and Keśavanāyaka of Madhurā.

His most famous work is the Dattaka-mimānsā which had been considered as an authority even by the British rulers of India while settling family disputes of the people. Out of the thirteen works attributed to him, a few many be mentioned here:

  1. Vidvanmanoharā on Parāśarasmrtv, Pramitākṣarā, a commentary on the Mitākṣarā of Vijñāneśvara[2]
  2. Śrāddhakalpalatā
  3. Smṛtisindhu and its summary Tattvamuktāvalī
  4. Dattakamīmānsā has his own commentary

Though Nandapaṇḍita generally follows the Mitāksarā, he sometimes differs strongly from it with regard to succession and a few other matters.


  1. It is now in North Karnataka.
  2. He lived in 12th century A.D.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math,