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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.

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Nilakaṇṭha Dīkṣita

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Origins of Nilakaṇṭha Dīkṣita[edit]

A famous and versatile author who enriched Sanskrit literature, Nilakaṇṭha Dīkṣita was the grandson of Accān Dīkṣata who was a brother of another genius, Appayya Dīkṣita.[1] He lived in the 17th century.

Born as the son of Nārāyaṇa Dīkṣita and Bhumidevī at Adipala Agrahāra near the modern Kāñcīpuram in Tamil Nadu, he acquired stupendous scholarship in several branches of learning like Mīmānsā, Vedānta, Vyākaraṇa[2] and Śaivism.

Works by Nilakaṇṭha Dīkṣita[edit]

His most famous work was Nīlakantha-vijaya-campu. Some of his other works are:

  1. Śivatattvarahasya
  2. Śivalilārnava
  3. Gañgāvatarana
  4. Śāntivilāsa
  5. Anandasāgarastava
  6. Nalacarita
  7. Vairāgyaśataka

The first of these works has expounded the Advaita Vedānta very well.


  1. He lived in A. D. 1520-1592.
  2. Vyākaraṇa means grammar.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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