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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

Paṅktipāvanas literally means ‘those who purify the entire line of persons’.

Feeding the brāhmaṇas, especially at the time of śrāddhas or obsequial rites, was considered a holy act earning a lot of merit for the host. However, only the pañktipāvana-types of brāhmaṇas had to be invited. A paṅktipāvana is one who purifies[1] the entire line[2] in which he sits. Being a person of great self-control, pure character and also high spiritual attainments, his power of personality is so potent that it can effect the purification of all the persons sitting in the same line. The epics and the purāṇas give the descriptions of such paṅktipāvanas.[3]


  1. Purifies means pāvana.
  2. Line means paṅkti.
  3. Mahābhārata, Anuśāsanaparva 90.25 to 38
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore