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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, reflecting our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within academia.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Prājāpatya literally means ‘related to Prajāpati'.

Listed among the kṛcchras,[1] the prājāpatya is spread over four periods of three days each. The person observing it has to eat once only by day during the first period, once only by night during the second period, eat only that food which may be got unasked during the third period and fast completely on the last three days. This order may also be reversed.

While prescribing a kṛcchra, if no particular name such as taptakṛcchra or parṇakṛcchra is mentioned, then it is to be understood that it is the prājāpatya that is referred to. The word also means the brāhmī-muhurta[2] and a form of marriage.[3]


  1. Kṛcchras means a kind of expiation for sins.
  2. Brāhmī-muhurta means a 45 minutes before sunrise.
  3. It is one of the eight varieties.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore