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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

Sthālipāka literally means ‘boiling or cooking in the earthen pot’.

Sthālī is an earthen bowl used for holding rice grains. When husked grains are cooked in the sthālī, on the dakṣiṇāgni, mixed with clarified butter they form the sthālipāka. It is used as an oblation to the pitṛs. It is also the name of a sacrifice belonging to the pākayajña group. It is performed on the first full-moon day after marriage by the married couple. Its continued performance on the day of full-moon and new-moon throughout their lives has been recommended.


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