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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

Aurasa literally means ‘produced from the breast’.

Since ancient times, society has given a great importance to birth of the son. They are believed to take care of their parents not only here but also after their death. Performing śrāddha or obsequious rites which will help sustain the dead ancestors, has been considered as important in taking care of them.

Among the twelve kinds of sons described in the smṛitis[1] the ‘aurasa’ stands first. He is the son born of the wife of the same caste married as per the rules given in the dharmaśāstras. He alone has the right to the father’s property and the performance of the śrāddha rites.


  1. Manusmrti 9.159-160
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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