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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

For the benefit of ordinary sādhakas,[1] Śaṅkara[2] composed a few elementary treatises known as prakaraṇas which describe succinctly the essence of his Advaita Vedānta. One such work which appears more like a stotra or a devotional hymn is the Daśaśloki. It comprises of ten verses.

Madhusudana Sarasvatī,[3] a well-known writer of Advaita philosophy, has written a fairly long commentary on Daśaśloki known as the Siddhāntabindu. Apart from countering the arguments of other schools of philosophy, this work also tries to elucidate and synchronize the various views within the Advaita philosophy itself. It has four commentaries.


  1. Sādhakas means seekers of spiritual wisdom.
  2. He lived in A. D. 788-820.
  3. He lived in A. D. 1490- 1580.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore