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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

Those desirous of freedom from diseases and a robust health are advised to worship Bhāskara or Surya, the sun. Rathasaptami which falls on Māgha śukla saptamī in February is a vrata dedicated to the worship of the sun, to get that or fulfillment of any other desire. It consists of worship of the sun seated in a chariot usually in image with saffron and flowers, fasting for the whole day, keeping vigil the whole night with devotional songs and music. After bath next morning, gifts are distributed to the guru[1] and others.

Rathasaptamī, also called Acala-saptami, is the day on which Vaivasvata-manvantara started, on which the sun was born and also the day on which he started going northward.[2]


  1. Guru means preceptor.
  2. It is referred as uttarāyaṇa.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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