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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.

Pāṇiniya Sikṣā

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Pāṇiniya Sikṣā is listed as one of the six Vedāṅgas. It is a Śikṣā or phonetics which teaches about the correct chanting of the Vedic mantras. Out of the several Sikṣās listed in Vedic works and allied literature, it is only the Pāniniya Sikṣā that is available now in the most complete form. Though it goes in the name of Pāṇini, the famous grammarian, it is actually composed by Piñgala, the younger brother of Pāṇini. In the available text there are sixty ślokas or verses. A smaller version comprising of twenty-two verses occurs in the Agnipurāṇa. It seems to belong to the Ṛgveda as well as the Yajurveda.


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