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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

Suktavāka literally means ‘speech of adoration’.

This word means the deity Agni and also the formula repeated by the hotṛ in the Darśapurnamāsa sacrifice. It is chanted by the hotṛ priest at a particular stage in the sacrifice when the adhvaryu priest and then the āgnīdhra request him. The contents of this may be stated briefly as follows:

  • Praise of heaven and earth
  • An appeal to Agni[1] for one’s elevation
  • Various attributes of heaven and earth
  • Acceptance of the sacrificial offerings by various deities
  • Blessings for the sacrificer
  • Prayer for the attainment of the fruits of sacrifice


  1. Agni means the sacrificial fire.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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