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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 M. A. Alwar

Irācaram is derived from "irāyāṁ caratīti" which means 'That which moves on Earth or water (irā)'.


Irācaram is a neutral form.

Grammatical Origin[edit]

It can be split as irā+car+ṭa.


  1. Hail[1]
  2. Aquatic and terrestrial animals.[2]


Vṛṣṭira śīla[3]


  1. As per Trikāṇḍaśeṣa
  2. In this sense, the word can be used in all the three genders.
  3. In Hindi.
  • Shabdakalpadrumah by Raja Radhakantdev, Varadaprasada Vasu, Haricarana Vasu