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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

Madhumatī literally means ‘that which contains the word madhu’.

Offering madhuparka a liquid preparation containing a mixture of curds, ghee, water, honey and sugar to the ṛtviks or priests in a Vedic sacrifice is an important way of honoring them. These ṛtviks are expected to sanctify it by looking at it and repeating the three ṛks or verses starting with ‘madhu vātā ṛtāyate’ and ending with ‘mādhvīr gāvo bhavantu nah’.[1] Since all the three verses begin with the word ‘madhu’ they are together called ‘madhumatī’ verses.

This repetition brings auspiciousness on the yajamāna or the sacrificer. This procedure is mentioned in the Āśvalāyana Gṛhyasutras[2] and also in the Pāraskara Gṛhyasutras.[3]


  1. Ṛgveda 1.90.6-8
  2. Āśvalāyana Gṛhyasutras 1.24.5-26
  3. Pāraskara Gṛhyasutras 1.3
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore