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Colonial Discourse and the Suffering of Indian American Children is now published after academic peer-review and available through open access.

In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences that Indian American children face after they are exposed to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We show that there is an intimate connection―an almost exact correspondence―between James Mill’s ( a prominent politician in Britain and head of the British East India Company) colonial-racist discourse and the current school-textbook discourse. Consequently, this archaic and racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces in the Indian American children the same psychological impact as racism is known to produce: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon similar to racelessness where the children dissociate from the tradition and culture of their ancestors

This book is an outcome of 4 years of rigorous research as a part of our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within Academia.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Somayāga literally means Vedic sacrifice using soma juice’.

Vedic sacrifices, called yāgas and yajñas, are generally classified into three groups, out of which the Somayāgas form the last. They are called so since the soma juice is the main ingredient of the oblations. There are seven Somayāgas which are the models. They are:

  1. Agniṣṭoma
  2. Aptoryāma
  3. Atirātra
  4. Atyagniṣṭoma
  5. Sodaśī
  6. Ukthya
  7. Vājapeya

A Somayāga needs mantras from all the three Vedas and also the sixteen ṛtviks or priests. They are:

  1. Ṛgveda
  2. Yajurveda
  3. Sāmaveda

The soma juice is extracted from the creeper three times. The extraction is called prātasavana, mādhyandinasavana and tṛtīyasavana, done in the morning, noon and late afternoon respectively.


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

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