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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

Nyayakusumañjali literally means ‘a handful of flowers of Nyāya philosophy’.

A darśana[1] needs not only an intellectual approach to carry conviction, but also an emotional approach to enthuse the adherent towards sādhanā.[2] In the beginning, the Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika darśanas hardly possessed the latter element. This was supplied to an admirable extent by Udayana[3] in his masterpiece Nyāyakusumāñjali.[4]

The work is in 72 kārikās[5] with the author’s own commentary. Udayana has tried to prove the existence of God by giving various inferential proofs such as cause-effect relationship between God and the world, conjunction of atoms into dvyaṇuka and so on needing an intelligent agent, the universe needing a supporting base, need for an intelligent teacher to impart the knowledge of the use of things and the supreme authority of the Vedas. His great devotion to God and the advocacy of grace in attaining liberation are very palpable in this work.


  1. Darśana means philosophical system.
  2. Sādhanā means the spiritual discipline.
  3. He lived in 10th cent. A. D.
  4. It is also called as Kusumāñjali.
  5. Kārikās means verses.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore