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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

Daiva-vivāha literally means ‘marriage related to the rite of gods’.

Vivāha or marriage has been a very ancient institution right from the times of the Ṛgveda. The mantras used in the marriage ceremonies of the dvijas (‘the twice-born,’ the brāhmaṇas, the kṣattriyas and the vaiśyas) even in the modern days are drawn heavily from the Vedic and allied literature.

Daiva-vivāha is one of the eight forms of marriage depicted in the ancient works like the Gṛhyasutras and considered one of the superior varieties of marriage. It can be described as gifting one’s daughter after properly decorating her to a priest who has officiated in the sacrifice. It was almost like dakṣiṇā or sacrificial fee.

It was called ‘daiva’ since the sacrifice was for appeasing the devas or gods like Indra and the gifting of the girl took place as a part of the sacrifice. This form of marriage seems to have been discouraged and hence disappeared in course of time.


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