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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

Aviyoga-vrata literally means ‘religious vow for non-separation’.

Religion considers the ties of marriage to be sacred and inviolable. A married woman shudders even by the thought of separation from her husband.

‘Aviyoga-vrata’ (also called ‘Aviyoga-tṛtīyā’) is a religious vow specially prescribed for a married woman and is supposed to bring non-separation from her husband. It begins on the 3rd day of the bright half of Mārgaśira (November-December) and continues for one year. The women who undertake this vrata start it on this day by partaking rice boiled in milk and sugar. They worship Gauri (Pārvati) and Śambhu (Śiva) through images made of rice flour, under different names (in each of the twelve months) with different flowers.


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