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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

Akṣayya literally means ‘imperishable’.

Performance of religious rites to appease or please the ancestors is an integral part. During such ceremonies called ‘śrāddha,’ appropriate mantras (incantations) are chanted. One of those mantras containing the wish that the offerings be imperishable, chanted by the performer of the rite, is known as ‘akṣayya’ or ‘akṣayyasthāna.’

The form of the mantra is as follows :

Om, adya amukagotrasya pituh amukaśarmaṇe datta-tadannapanādikam akṣayyamastu,’

‘May the food and drink given by (me) to so and so, of such and such gotra, on this day, become imperishable.’[1]


  1. Yājña- valkya Smrti, Srāddhaprakaranam, 243, Vīramitrodaya
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore