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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

Synonyms & Antonyms of Utsarga[edit]

The most common meanings of this word are:

  1. A general rule
  2. Giving gifts
  3. Giving up

Its opposite is apavāda or exception.

Technical Use of the Word[edit]

However, it is used in a technical sense also with regard to Vedic studies. A Vedic student has to start his studies in the month of Srāvaṇa[1] and close in the month of Puṣya.[2] This ceremonial closing, before beginning it again, is called utsarga or utsarjana.


  1. It generally falls in August/ September.
  2. It falls in the month of January/February.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore