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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

The invention of the symbol zero and decimal system has brought about a great revolution in the field of mathematics having their origins in India.

Synonyms of Zero[edit]

Zero has been called by various names:

  1. Śunya
  2. Kha
  3. Ambara
  4. Gagana
  5. Abhra
  6. Ākāśa
  7. Bindu
  8. Purṇa

Works on Zero[edit]

Piṅgala’s work on metres[1] makes use of zero called śunya. From references in the Samhitās scholars opine that the decimal system goes back to thousands of years. It was introduced in Europe through the Arabs during the 12th century A.D.


  1. Chandah sutra 8.28-31
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore