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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

Sadācāra literally means ‘good conduct’.

Dharma[1] is the principal basis of religion. Its entire value- system depends on the former. The four sources of dharma are:

  1. Vedas
  2. Smṛtis[2]
  3. Sadācāra[3]
  4. Ātmanah priyam[4]

Sadācāra is generally defined as the ācāra or conduct of śiṣtas or satpuruṣas or good persons. These śiṣtas have purified themselves by practicing the virtues ordained in the holy texts and by eschewing the ariṣaḍvargas.[5] Whenever there is any doubt about one’s conduct in a particular situation in life, one should look at the conduct of these śiṣtas and follow them.[6]


  1. Dharma literally means righteousness.
  2. Smṛtis means secondary scriptures not opposed to the Vedas.
  3. Sadācāra means conduct of good people.
  4. Ātmanah priyam means what is sanctioned by one’s pure conscience.
  5. Ariṣaḍvargas means the six enemies like lust, anger and greed.
  6. Taittirlya Upanisad 1.11
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore