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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

Caru literally means ‘that which is eaten by the gods’.

Caru is one of the several materials normally used in Vedic sacrifices for oblation. It is a kind of porridge prepared from un-pounded rice or barley grains by cooking it in water and mixing it with butter or milk. It is used for oblation and also consumed by four of the priests specified in the sacrificial works. It is sometimes substituted for puroḍāśa (a kind of rice-cake used for offering) in the subsidiary or modified rites called ‘vikṛtis’. The vessel used for keeping or serving it is also called caru and sometimes as carusthāli.


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