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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

Surāpāna literally means ‘consuming intoxicating drinks’.

Scriptures have always condemned surāpāna or madyapāna, consuming of intoxicating drinks as mahāpātaka as a grave sin.[1][2][3] Surā is the intoxicating drink prepared out of flour.[4] Other drinks like the ones prepared out of molasses or madhuka flowers were permitted to be taken by the kṣattriyas and vaiśyas. But, the brāhmaṇas were strictly forbidden from consuming all types of intoxicants. It is interesting to note that surā was one of the oblations made in the Sautrāmaṇi sacrifice.


  1. Chandogya Upaniṣad 5.10.9
  2. Manusmrti 11.54
  3. Āpastamba Dharmasutras
  4. It should not be confused with the soma juice.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore