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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

small>By Swami Harshananda

Vaijātya literally means ‘of a different nature’.

This is one of the eleven kinds of tarka or logic. If somebody says that, since śabda[1] and rupa[2] are both indriya- grāhya[3] let them be considered identical, the reply is that the sense-organs that perceive them[4] being vijāti[5] they are also different. This kind of argument is vaijātya.


  1. Śabda means sound.
  2. Rupa means form.
  3. Indriya-grāhya means perceived by the sense-organs.
  4. Here sense organs refer to the ear and the eye.
  5. Vijāti means of different natures.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore