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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 expose the correspondence between textbooks and the colonial-racist discourse. This racist discourse 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.


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By Swami Harshananda

Āhitāgni literally means ‘One who has laid the sacrificial fire’.

One who has established the Vedic fires by performing the Agnyādhāna ceremony is called an āhitāgni. According to Jaimini’s Purva Mīmāmsā Sutras, an āhitāgni has to maintain the fires and utensils throughout his life. On his death, he is cremated in his fire along with the sacrificial utensils. These utensils are placed on the different parts of his body. This is called pratipatti.[1]


  1. Sābarabhāsya 11.3.34
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore