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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

Idhma literally means ‘that which is lighted’.

In the Vedic sacrifices sticks of certain trees and plants are used as fuel. They are called ‘idhma’. Usually the palāśa[1] and the khadira[2] wood is used. The number of sticks used is 21, out of which 15 are put into the fire with the Sāmidheni verses[3] which are normally chanted while kindling the fire. The other sticks are used for lining the border and other purposes.


  1. Scientific name of palāśa is Butea frondosa.
  2. Scientific name of khadira is Acacia cateclu.
  3. Sāmidheni verses are the eleven verses from the Ṛgveda recited by the hotā priest; for e.g., Ṛgveda 3.27.1, 6.16.10-12 and so on.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore