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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

Atideśa literally means ‘extension or transference’.

‘Atideśa,’ is the principle of extending or transferring the details of a particular rite to other similar rites. It is often resorted to in Vedic sacrifices. Generally the model (or archetype) sacrifice which contains all the details is known as ‘prakṛti’ and the derived (or ectype) sacrifice is known as ‘vikṛti.’ For instance, 'Tṣu' is a vikṛti sacrifice and many of its details are adopted from its prakṛti, the Syena.

Atideśa can be provided by two ways mentioned below:

  1. ‘Vacana’ (Vedic text) - When a Vedic text clearly states that the details of the particular sacrifice are to be filled from another already described, the atideśa is by vacana.
  2. ‘Nāma’ (name) - When two rites have similar names, the details of one have to be derived from the other. For instance,

the rite Māsāgnihotra (prescribed as part of Kuṇḍapāyināmayana, another rite) and the more common Agnihotra have similar names. Hence those of the details of Māsāgnihotra which are not mentioned, or, taken for granted, should be adopted by atideśa from the latter.


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