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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

Vṛddha-smṛtis literally means ‘smṛtis with the prefix “vṛddha” ’.

Origin Inference of Word Vṛddha[edit]

Renowned authors of dharmaśāstra literature often quote verses from or refer to other authorities. Some of these have prefixes like Bṛhat, Laghu or Vṛddha, followed by famous names whose works are already well-known. For instance, there is a Haritāsmṛti. There are also two works called as:

  1. Laghu-Hārīta
  2. Vrddha-Hārita

These are available either in fragments or found quoted in other works.

Authors of Vṛddha Smṛtis[edit]

The following is a list of authors whose ‘Vṛddha’ smṛtis have been quoted in other works:

  1. Ātreya
  2. Bṛhaspati
  3. Gārgya
  4. Gautama
  5. Hārīta
  6. Kātyāyana
  7. Manu
  8. Parāśara
  9. Śātātapa
  10. Vasiṣṭha
  11. Viṣṇu
  12. Vyāsa
  13. Yājñavalkya

Most of these names find a mention in the Bṛhad and Laghu series also.


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