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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

Ājya is literally translated either

  • ‘[that which is] thrown into [the fire]’
  • ‘[that which is] smeared with oil’

Offering oblations (homa) into a duly consecrated fire is an important part of Vedic rituals. Melted butter, generally used in such oblations is called ājya. When no specific material is prescribed for a homa, ājya can be used. Though cow’s ghee is preferred as the best, buffalo’s ghee or sesame oil may also be used for the purpose. Ājyabhāga is the name given to the two libations of ājya offered to Soma and Agni preceding the principal oblation in the Darśa sacrifice.


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