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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

Baliharaṇa literally means ‘distributing the balis or offerings’.

‘Baliharaṇa’ is the same as ‘bhuta-yajña’, one of the pañcayajñas or five daily sacrifices to be performed by every householder. The balis or offerings of cooked rice are kept on the ground, properly cleaned, to be accepted by the domestic deities, by the deities of water, of herbs and others. As a part of this rite, food is to be offered to other human beings in need and animals, out of compassion.


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