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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

Pariṇāminitya literally means ‘an entity which is real, but changing’.

This is a basic concept of the Sāṅkhya philosophy. The Upaniṣads accept the Ātman/Brahman as immutable and as the only reality. The world is said to have originated from It. Sāṅkhya philosophy considers this as self-contradictory, since what is real and immutable cannot undergo any change.

Hence it accepts two basic realities. They are:

  1. The puruṣa or the conscious self
  2. The prakṛti or the insentient matrix of all matters

The prakṛti, though real, is not immutable. It changes or evolves into this world. Hence it is called ‘pariṇāminitya’.


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