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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

Antarvedi literally means ‘inside the sacrificial altar’.

The tract of land between the rivers Gaṅgā and Yamunā, stretching from Prayāga (modern Allahabad) to Hardvār (or Hardwar) has often been called by this name.

It has been regarded as a sacred region and the principal seat of Ārya-brāhmaṇas,’ brāhmaṇas who were ideal in character and fit to be emulated by others. It has also been called ‘samas- thalī,’ ‘śaśasthalī and ‘brahmāvarta.’

‘Antarvedi’ is also the name of a place of pilgrimage situated on the bank of the river Godāvarī.


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