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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

Burial and cremation of the dead bodies is an ancient practice and is still in vogue.

After cremation, the bones collected from the cremation ground were preserved in an urn and kept either in an open ground under a tree or temporarily buried in a place with some distinguishing marks to resurrect it later. After a sufficiently long time, grave used to be dug in a level ground, full of trees and natural beauty. Then the bones taken out of the urn are placed in the pit in a particular order.

Then it would be filled with bricks, clay and earth. A mound is raised over the spot like a monument. All this had to be done as per the procedure given in the Śrautasutras with appropriate Vedic mantras. This practice was not universal and went out of vogue in course of time.


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