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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

Many writers of dharmaśāstras have quoted several verses from Yama or Yamasmrti on various topics. Though no authentic work of that title has been recovered, it is possible that a fairly big work of that name existed. There are some printed editions published by various agencies, but the number of verses is different from one another, like 78 or 99 or 182. Some treatises called Bṛhad-Yama are also available in print. The topics dealt with in these printed editions are:

  1. Prāyaścitta - expiation for sins
  2. Śuddhi - purification
  3. Śrāddha - obsequal rites
  4. Lowest castes
  5. Partition
  6. Food and its pollution
  7. Crime and punishment
  8. Litigation
  9. Some philosophical topics

Many verses quoted by the authors of the dharmaśāstras are usually found in the printed edition of Manusmṛti.


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

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