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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

Śulagava is a very ancient sacrifice performed to please Rudra/Śiva[1] when cattle were stricken with pests or diseases. It could be performed during the bright half of a month and on an auspicious nakṣatra.

Though an ox is used for sacrifice in the most ancient period, it was substituted by a goat or even cooked food in the later days due to the repugnance of the people against it. The deity was called īśāna.[2] The rite soon went out of vogue.


  1. Śiva was called Śulin, the wielder of śula or the spear or the trident.
  2. He is the same deity Śiva.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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