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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

Abhisecaniya literally means ‘anointing rite’.

The kṣattriya kings of olden days used to consider it a matter of prestige and pride to perform the Rājasuya-yagna, an elaborate and expensive ceremony of royal consecration. Abhiṣecanīya is the principal rite in that ceremony. The name is derived from ‘abhiṣeka’ (sprinkling with holy water) which forms the most important part of the ritual.

The Abhiṣecanīya rite which comes under the Soma group of sacrifices, is spread over five days, consisting of one dīkṣā (taking the vows), three upasad (a group of rites in which ghee is offered to Agni), and one sutyā (pressing of the soma stalks) days. The Dīkṣā lasts for a year. In the actual unction rite, the water drawn from various sources and places is kept in wooden vessels and sprinkled over the king by several people led by the priests including representatives of all groups.


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