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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

Havirdhāna literally means ‘oblation receptacle’.

Among the Vedic sacrifices, the Soma-yāgas form an important group. The juice of the soma creeper is the main oblation material in these yāgas. The creepers are brought to the place of sacrifice in two carts. Each of these carts is called as ‘havirdhāna’.

A shed called ‘havirdhānamaṇṭapa’ is constructed within the mahāvedi,[1] to the east of the sadas[2] according to specified dimensions. The two carts are placed here after cleaning and washing them, on the day before the actual pressing.


  1. Mahāvedi is a trapezium shaped altar for the Soma sacrifice.
  2. Sadas is a place of assembly of the priests.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore