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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

Pratipattikarma literally means ‘action done intentionally’.

The word Pratipattikarma has been used in various senses.

  • The most general sense is abandoning something after its use is over. For instance, when an āhitāgni[1] dies, all the wooden vessels and implements he was using in performing sacrifices, are disposed off by keeping them on the various parts of his body during its cremation.[2]
  • After a sacrifice had been completed, the horn of a stag that was being used for scratching one’s limbs when necessary, had to be abandoned in a pit called cātvāla, near the sacrificial shed. This too was called pratipattikarma.
  • The immersing of a clay image in water after duly worshiping it just as in the worship of Gaṇeśa or Durgā, is also a pratipattikarma.


  1. He is the one who has established Vedic fire.
  2. Purvamīmānsāsutras 11.3.34
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore