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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

Havis literally means ‘through this, it is given’, ‘oblatory material’.


Vedic sacrifices need several materials that could be offered into the duly consecrated fire as oblations. Such materials were called ‘havis’.

Materials Used as Havis[edit]

Five kinds of materials were recommended as havis:

  1. Auṣadha - products of trees and plants
  2. Payas - milk
  3. Paśu - animals
  4. Soma juice of the soma creeper
  5. Ājya - clarified butter

Materials Used as Auṣadhas[edit]

The materials included under the category of auṣadhas are:

  1. Rice
  2. Barley
  3. Caru - porridge
  4. Puroḍāśa - rice-cake


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