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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.

Āñgirasa Smṛti

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Smṛtis are law-books which prescribe the code of conduct for the individual and the society. Out of the several smṛtis known to us, Āñgirasa Smrti is one of the shorter works, but quoted even by authorities like Yājñavalkya.

A perusal of the printed texts and several manuscripts available now, shows that the verses vary from 32 to 151! The book deals mainly with prāyaścitta or expiation for various forbidden acts like accepting food and drink from antyajas (people of lowest castes), for injuring cows and for deadly sins. Its views on satī or sahagamana (wife dying on the funeral pyre of her dead husband) have been criticised by other works.


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