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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 language of the Vedas is quite terse and archaic. Hence it is rather difficult to understand them without the help of standard commentaries. Among the well-known commentators of the Vedas who have made them easy to understand, Uvaṭa is also the one. He was a brāhmaṇa probably from Kashmir. His father was Vajraṭa and he lived in the city of Avantī during the reign of the king Bhoja. He probably lived in A. D. 1042.

He has written a commentary on the Śukla Yajurveda Samhitā which is also known as Vājasaneyī Samhitā. It is also called as Mantrahāsya. The commentary is simple and clear, but follows the method of interpreting according to Vedic sacrificial terminologies rather than philosophical concepts. His other works are bhāṣyas or commentaries on the Ṛkprātiśākhya, Yajuhprātiśākhya and Ṛksarvānukramanī.


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