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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

The udgātṛ, the third priest from among the four, in a Soma sacrifice, has three assistants. One of these is the subrahmaṇya. He is the last in the queue. One of his special duties is to recite a litany called ‘subrahmaṇyā,’ which is an āhvāna[1] to Indra, repeated thrice. Recitation of this litany is done on the second and subsequent days of the Agniṣṭoma sacrifice. This litany contains several adjectives of Indra.


  1. Āhhvāna means call.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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