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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

Vedi literally means ‘altar’.


Vedic sacrifices need a special kind of platform or altar usually situated in a śālā or sacrificial shed. Such an altar is called Vedi. It is an elevated plot of ground built or prepared according to the dimensions prescribed in the Śrautasutra works. These dimensions are fixed in proportion to the height of the sacrificer. Different yāgas need vedis of different shapes. The vedi is covered with darbha grass on which the various vessels and implements are arranged.


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