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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

The homa rites performed as a part of gṛhya or domestic religious ceremonies must always be performed on a sthaṇḍila. A sthaṇḍila is a raised and perfectly leveled altar or platform of sand or loose earth raised by two or four finger breadths. It is a square measuring one iṣu[1] on all the sides. The measurement may be 21 or even 32 aṅgulas. Lines, one horizontal and five vertical, are drawn as prescribed, on which the fire is placed. The sacrificer sits facing the east, whereas the Brahmā priest, the only priest in such rites which sits facing north.



  1. Iṣu means length of an arrow which is 18 aṅgulas.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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