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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

Brāhmaṇācchamsin literally means ‘One who recites after the brāhmaṇa’.

Vedic sacrifices like the Somayāga comprise elaborate rites needing 16 priests in all. There are four principal priests in this yajna. Each priest has three assistants. Brāhmaṇācchariisin is an assistant of the fourth principal priest called Brahmā.

In the Agniṣṭoma sacrifice (which is a model sacrifice in the Somayāga group) special recitations called ‘ājyaastra’ have to be chanted, during the first pressing of the soma juice. They are four in number. Brāhmaṇācchamsin chants the third recitation addressed to Indra.


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