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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

In ancient times, the king was considered a the representative of God. The coronation of a king was an elaborate ritual spread over several days. Aindrī-śānti was the rite performed on the 6th day to propitiate the god Indra. A detailed description of this rite has been given in a work called Rājadharma Kaustubha of Anantadeva (17th cent. A. D.).

The officiating priest should subsist only on milk or vegetables or fruits on the twelve preceding nights. Worship of Gaṇeśa and the navagrahas (the nine planetary deities), chanting of a number of ṛks (mantras from the Rgveda) and homa are important activities of this ritual.


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