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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.


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By Swami Harshananda

Ariṣṭa literally means ‘unhurt’.

Though the word ‘ariṣṭa’ is used in several senses (as for instance - proof against injury, crow, soap-berry tree, garlic and so on), in a more technical sense it indicates the ill-omens foreboding misfortune or even death, especially in the case of a patient.

  • In the Āyurveda, the science of health, aristas are decoctions prepared out of grapes or certain roots used as tonics.
  • Ariṣṭa is the name of a demon, a servant of Kariisa, who assumed the form of a bull to attack and kill the child Kṛṣṇa, but was ultimately killed by him.
  • The Mahābhārata mentions about a sage Ariṣṭa who revived his son who had been killed by a prince.
  • Ariṣṭā was one of the wives of the sage Kaśyapa and was the mother of the gandharvas like Hāhā and Huhu.


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