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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

Āhuti literally means ‘oblation’.

Āhuti is offering oblation to deities, into duly consecrated fire. It is an important part of Agnihotra and other Vedic (and tāntric) rites. The usual procedure is to melt the butter in a pot over the gārhapatya fire, purify it by dipping two pieces of darbha-grass, fill the juhṅ (offering spoon or ladle) with the melted butter (called ājya) and offer it into the āhavaniya fire after putting a samidh (sacrificial fuel) into it. ‘Svāhā’ is the mantra normally uttered by the adhvaryu while giving the āhuti. Oblation of a larger quantity of ājya is given at the end of a rite signifying its conclusion. This conclusion is called purṇāhuti.


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

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