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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

Savana literally means ‘to press out’.

The process of pressing the soma stalks to prepare the soma juice for offering an oblations in Somayāga sacrifice is known as savana. The day on which it is done is called sutyā. The pressing is done three times during this day:

  1. Prātassavana - In the morning
  2. Mādhyandinasavana - At noon
  3. Tṛtīyasavana - In the afternoon

All the above mentioned savana follow the same pattern. These three savanas are referred to even in the Ṛgveda[1] thereby showing that this rite of savana is quite ancient.


  1. Ṛgveda 3.28.1, 4 and 5
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore