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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

Samārohaṇa literally means ‘making the fire ascend’.

If an āhitāgni, one who had ceremonially established a Vedic fire, wanted to go on a pilgrimage, he could put out the fire by the site of samārohaṇa and re-establish it after returning. In samārohaṇa, the āhitāgni had to warm his hands on the gārhapatya fire with appropriate mantras causing Agni to enter into his body. Alternatively, it could be done by warming the araṇis and another piece of wood which will be the subtle dwelling place for it till he returns. When the same process is carried out to establish the fire, which is once established elsewhere, it is called samāropaṇa.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore