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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

Agnīṣoma-praṇayana literally means ‘leading agni and soma’.

Of all the Vedic sacrifices, Somayāga is, perhaps, one of the most complicated sacrifices. A separate altar called mahāvedi is erected for the conduct of the Soma group of sacrifices. Since the yajamāna already has a vihāra[1], the fire for the new sacrifices has to be carried from the vihāra to the mahāvedi. This is done as a part of the whole ritual.

The activity of aking out the agni (fire) from the old āhavaniya and the soma stalks from which soma juice is to be extracted in the vihāra for the Somayāga in a ceremonial procession is called ‘agnīṣoma- praṇayana.’ This is done on the day prior to the sutyā (day of extraction of soma juice). The adhvaryu carries the fire on clay, the yajamāna and his patnī (wife) along with their sons and grandsons follows him, one behind the other, in a long procession. Soma stalks and all the vessels needed in the sacrifice are brought in a cart and deposited in their respective places. The fire is deposited and kindled in its pit by the āgnīdhra priest.


  1. an old and permanent shed containing the three fires gārhapatya, āhavaniya and dakṣiṇāgni
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore