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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

The word is probably derived from ‘athar,’ an obsolete word for fire. It means a priest connected with the worship of fire. According to Vedic mythology, Atharvan was son of Brahmā, the Creator. His attributes are :

  • He first brought down fire from heaven and offered soma into it with the recitation of appropriate mantras learnt from his father.
  • He is sometimes considered as the propagator of the fourth Veda which is called the Atharvaveda or the Atharvanaveda.
  • His wife was Śānti, the daughter of Kardama Prajāpati.
  • He is sometimes identified with Aṅgiras, called Atharvāṅgiras, and is considered as the father of Agni, the fire-god.
  • The word Atharvan and Atharvāṅgiras, is sometimes used to indicate the descendants of this sage.
  • The word Atharvan also refers to the hymns of the Atharvaveda.


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