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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

Pariśista literally means ‘supplement’.

Origin of Pariśiṣṭas[edit]

The word pariśiṣṭa means ‘what is left over, unsaid’. Though the Kalpasutras is the last of the Vedāṅgas, they deal with Vedic sacrifices also. They often do not give all the necessary details. Perhaps, during the period of their composition, quite a few things had been taken for granted. However, when in course of time these details were being forgotten, it became necessary to put them in writing for the guidance of the future generations. This gave rise to:

  1. Pariśiṣṭas
  2. Anukramaṇīs
  3. Caraṇavyuhas

Forms of Pariśiṣṭas[edit]

The pariśiṣṭa works are generally in the form of ślokas in the anuṣṭubh meter. They deal with many details connected with the Vedic sacrifices.

Types of Pariśiṣṭas[edit]

  1. The Āśvalāyana-grhya-pariśista has four chapters and deals with subjects related to the Ṛgveda.
  2. The Gobhilasañgraha-pariśista belongs to the Sāmaveda. It deals with gṛhyakarmas or rites to be performed in one’s home and some kāmyakarmas or desire-motivated actions.
  3. Karmapradipa is the work attributed to either Gobhila or Kātyāyana. It is known by other names also such as Sāmagrhya, Chandoga-pariśista and Gobhilasmrti.
  4. The Nigamapariśista and the Pravarādhyāya of Kātyāyana are assigned to the Śukla Yajurveda tradition.


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