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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.

Atharvaśira Upaniṣad

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

This Upaniṣad belongs to the Atharvaveda. It is also called Atharvaśīra Upaniṣad. It is classified under minor Upaniṣads written in seven sections.

Sections of Atharvaśīra Upaniṣad[edit]

  1. The first section describes the way gods went to the svargaloka (heaven) and their conversation with Rudra. On questioning about him they came to know about him being the primeval Supreme Person. They also knew about his existence in everything that existed. The gods on realizing His supremacy, praised Him with their hands raised in adoration.
  2. The second and the third sections contain their hymns of praise.
  3. The fourth section defines and amplifies some of the epithets used in praising Rudra.
  4. The fifth section contains some well-known ṛiks of the Rigveda and a description of the parts (a, u, m) of Om or Praṇava, including their symbology.
  5. The sixth section contains some well-known mantras of the Rigveda and Kriṣna Yajurveda.
  6. The last section is a eulogy of the results obtained after studying this Upaniṣad.


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