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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

Vārttā literally means ‘means of living’.

Division of Śāstras[edit]

The tradition divides the śāstras, authoritative texts of religion and culture, into four broad groups:

  1. Trayi - the Vedas
  2. Ānvīkṣikī - logic
  3. Vārttā - economics and politics
  4. Daṇḍanīti - statecraft

Significance of Vārttā[edit]

Vārttā is directly related to the production and distribution of wealth. It is specially assigned to the vaiśyas and they are to be trained to become experts in it. The following are the occupations listed under it:

  1. Agriculture
  2. Rearing of cattle
  3. Trade
  4. Mining
  5. Other vocation that produces wealth and goods


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

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