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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

Karanyāsa literally means ‘dedication or purification of the hand’.

Nyāsa or purification of limbs is an important aspect of many ritualistic process like:

  • Pujā - worship
  • Japa - repetition of divine name
  • Pārāyaṇa - ceremonial recitation of scriptures or sacred texts.

Out of seven such nyāsas, the aṅganyāsa and the karanyāsa are the most common. In the karanyāsa, the fingers of both the hands are purified simultaneously with the appropriate mantras. First, the thumbs are rubbed by the tips of the index-fingers from bottom to the top with the mantra ‘aṅguṣṭābhyari namah’. Then the thumbs do the rest of the work in a similar manner to the other four fingers. The mantra changes according to the fingers touched.


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