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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

Vasordhārā literally means ‘flow of wealth’.

Agnicayana[1] is an important aspect of Somayāga, involving quite a few rites. Vasordhārā is one of them. It is the name of the whole rite in which several hundred offerings of ājya[2] are made with a sruc[3] which is also cast into the consecrated fire at the end. The purpose is to secure all the powers of the deity Agni for the sacrificer. The mantras used are mostly from the Taittiriya and the Vājasaneyī Samhitās.


  1. Agnicayana means ‘piling the fire’.
  2. Ājya means ghee.
  3. Sruc means spoon of udumbara tree.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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