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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 M. A. Alwar

Irivellikā is a disease caused by an affliction born of a boil in the head.


Irivellikā is a feminine form.

Perspective from the Rishis[edit]


“In the head a round boil with severe pain and severe fever caused by all the three doshas and having the symptoms of all the three doshas is called as irivellikā.”


“Irivellika is a round boil above the neck region with the symptoms of all the three doshas.”


As per Bhāvaprakāśa[edit]

“A doctor should treat irivellikā by the same procedure that has been stated for treatment of paittika (a bilious disease) and visarpa (a dry, spreading itchy disease).

As per vaidyakacakrapāṅisaṁgraha[edit]

“Irivellikā, also known as gandha, should be treated like a bilious visarpa”.


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