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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

Pakṣa literally means ‘that which is accepted’.

This word is used in several senses. A period of a fortnight between a new-moon day and a full-moon day is also called as ‘pakṣa’. That which ends in the former is called kṛṣṇapakṣa and the latter is called as śuklapakṣa. Logically, the word indicates the minor term like the hill from which smoke is being emitted. As per philosophical disputations, it indicates a view logically presented. For e.g., purvapakṣa[1] and uttara-pakṣa.[2] In Vedic sacrifices, it indicates the two rectangular aisles or sides of an altar, to the north and the south.


  1. Purvapakṣa means prima face view.
  2. Uttara-pakṣa means the final view.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore