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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

Āśvayuji literally means ‘that which is performed on the āśvayuji day’.

The full-moon day of the month of Āśvayuja or Āśvina (September-October) is called ‘āśvayuji’. A gṛihya rite (rites mentioned in the gṛhyasutras, one of the seven pākayajñas) conducted by a householder on this day is also called by this name.

In this rite, a person adorns the house, bathes and then put on clean or white garments. The householder offers cooked food to Paśupati (Śiva). He also offers an oblation of clarified butter to the Aśvins, the twin deities.

The rite is sometimes called ‘Pṛṣātaka,’ and is performed for obtaining general prosperity. Tying of amulets of herbs on the arms is also recommended in this rite.


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