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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

Ārsa-vivāha literally means ‘marriage derived from the ṛṣis’.

Religion has accorded vivāha or marriage, the status of asanskāra,’ as a sacrament that purifies the embodied soul in its journey towards perfection.

Generally eight forms of marriage are described, out of which the ‘ārṣa’ (derived from the ṛṣis or sanctioned by the Vedas) is the third. In this form of marriage, the father of the bride gifts her away to a suitable man after accepting one or two pairs of cattle (cow, bull) as a gift, to fulfill the law and not as a sale of the girl. The kanyādāna (gifting of the maiden) is done in a ceremonial way.


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