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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

Kūrca, a Seat[edit]

Kuśa grass[1] is widely used in Vedic sacrifices for various purposes. Kūrca is a bundle of this grass generally used as a seat or a sort of a cushion on which the sacrificer and the adhvaryu priest sits.

Kūrca, a Plate[edit]

Kūrca is also the name of a small elongated plate made of Kuśa grass or Vāraṇa wood.[2] It is about 36 aṅgulas in length and shaped like a tortoise or a dolphin. It is kept on the west of the āhavanīya fire. The śrucas[3] are kept on it when not in use.


  1. Scientific name of Kuśa grass is Poa cynosuroides.
  2. Scientific name of Vāraṇa wood is Crataeva roxburghii.
  3. Śrucas are the sacrificial ladles.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore