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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

Svayamvara literally means ‘choosing the husband by a girl by her own choice’.

Need of Svayamvara[edit]

In the olden days, if a girl who had attained puberty was not married off to a suitable young man by her father or guardian, she would wait for three years and then choose her husband herself. This was a well-known as svayamvara which is common to all the castes. Sāvitrī choosing Satyavān is quoted as an example for this kind.

Examples of Svayamvars[edit]

But the svayamvaras described in the two great epics are often more elaborate and spectacular affairs. They were confined to the royal families only. In some cases, the svayamvaras did not depend upon the will of the bride at all but upon some heroic deed set by her father, as in the case of Sītā and Draupadī.

The svayamvaras of Damayantī and Indumati may also be quoted as examples. The writers of dharmaśāstras include this under the category of gāndharva vivāha.


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