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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


Irimedaḥ is a masculine form.


It is derived from "iriṇo hastino meda iva medo yasya" which means 'That whose fat is like the fat of an elephant'.


  1. Vachellia Farnesiana
  2. Arimedaḥ
  3. Viṭkhadiraḥ[1]
  4. Kālaskandhaḥ
  5. Arimedakaḥ

Characteristics As per Bhāvaprakāśa[edit]

  1. Astringent in taste
  2. Hot in potency
  3. Cures diseases of oral cavity, teeth and blood.
  4. Diminishes itching and poisonous effects caused by worms
  5. Cures Capha
  6. Prevents skin diseases
  7. Cures inflamed ulcers


  1. As per Śabdaratnāvalī and Rājanirghaṇṭa
  • Shabdakalpadrumah by Raja Radhakantdev, Varadaprasada Vasu, Haricarana Vasu