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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

Āmaśrāddha literally means srāddha with raw materials’.

It is obligatory on the part of every person to perform śrāddha, a religious rite to please and to benefit the dead ancestors. It is normally performed, with the offerings of cooked food. However, there are occasions like journey or aśauca (ceremonial impurity caused by the birth of a son and so on) when this will not be possible.

The dharmaśāstras advise that on such occasions āmaśrāddha can be performed. Other things being the same, uncooked grains take the place of cooked food, the quantity of the grains being 2 to 4 times the grains required for offering cooked food. Āmaśrāddha is always prescribed for śudras.


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

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