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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

Vrātyastoma literally means ‘praise of vrātya’.

This is a special kind of sacrifice to be performed by the vrātyas to be readmitted into the comity of the dvijas.[1] It consists of 4 ekāhas or Soma sacrifices, each spread over one day only. In each of the ekāhas, the Soḍaśastoma[2][3] are performed. The details of the sacrifice are quite complicated.


  1. Dvijas are the members of the first three castes.
  2. Soḍaśastoma are certain Ṛgvedic verses increased up to 16 while chantings
  3. Tāndyamahābrāhmana 17.1-4
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore