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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

Samayācāryas literally means ‘teachers of Śiva tradition’.

Śaivism is a very ancient religion or sect of India. The sixty-three Nāyanmārs[1] of Tamil Nadu and also the Śivaśaraṇas of Karnataka are its prominent teachers. The four most important ācāryas or teachers of Tamil Śaivism are generally known as Samayācāryas.[2] They are:

  1. Appar
  2. Jñānasambandhar
  3. Sundara-mūrti
  4. Māṇikkavācagar

Samayamata is another name for Samayācāra.


  1. Nāyanmārs means ‘servants of God'.
  2. They are the ‘teachers who knew the samaya or tradition, best’.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore