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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

Ratnapātra literally means ‘bowl of precious stones’.

Many deities described in the mythological works have provided Iconography with plenty of materials to describe and work upon. Apart from their dresses and ornaments, these deities hold several things in their hands. One of these is the ratnapātra. It is actually a golden bowl[1] studded with ratnas or precious stones. The deities holding ratna-pātra are:

  1. Annapurṇā
  2. Kubera
  3. Gaṇeśa

Annapurna’s bowl is filled with food whereas it is full of jewels in the hands of the other two deities.


  1. It is called as pātra.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore