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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

Tulasivivaha literally ‘marriage of Tulasī with Hari or Viṣṇu’.

Kārttika-śukla-dvādaśī[1] is known as Utthānadvādaśī. On this day Tulasi or Vṛndā was married to Hari or Viṣṇu. Hence this day is also called Tulasivivāha day.

On this day ceremonial marriage of the Tulasī plant[2] with Lord Hari is performed. In some homes, images of Hari and Tulasi are kept from the navamī to ekādaśi[3] and ceremonially married on the 12th.


  1. It is the twelfth day in the bright fortnight of the month Kārttika or October/November
  2. It is the hole basil.
  3. It is the 9th day to 11th day.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore