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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

Vedādhyayana literally means ‘learning and studying the Vedas.

Since the Vedas are considered as the holy scriptures, their study has acquired a religious character.A student becomes fit to study the Vedas only after the upanayāna ceremony. At the time of teaching the Vedas, the teacher sits facing the east and the student on his right, facing the north direction.

After ācamana[1] the student requests the teacher and the teacher consents to start the teaching. Detailed instructions have been given in the works known as śikṣā[2] to the modes of sitting postures, pronouncing methods, movement of hands and head and so on. For instance, shaking of limbs, lengthening the words like in music and restlessness have to be avoided. If the mantras are chanted as per the prescribed methods, they will definitely produce their effect.


  1. Ācamana means ceremonial sipping of water.
  2. Śikṣā means one of the six Vedāṅgas.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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