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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

Barhis literally means ‘that which is plucked up’, ‘sacrificial grass’.

Vedic sacrifices involve a lot of details to be looked into while organizing their performance. One such is the spreading of the kuśa grass[1] in the sacrificial shed and more so on the vedi (sacrificial platform) upon which the sacrificial vessels and oblations are kept.

The seat of the performers and the place where the gods invited to receive the offerings are expected to be seated, are also situated here. This place thus covered with the kuśa grass, is called ‘barhis’.


  1. Poa cynosuroides
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore