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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.

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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Śauca literally means ‘cleanliness,’ ‘purity’.

The Yogasutras of Patanjali[1] lists śauca or purity as one of the five disciplines under niyama, the second of the eight steps of yoga. It is of two kinds:

  1. Bāhya or external - It is achieved by cleansing the body.
  2. Āntara or internal - It is achieved by conquering the six-enemies like lust and greed.

It is interesting to note that the Manusmṛti[2] considers purity in financial dealings as the real or the best purity. The dharmaśāstras and the various smṛtis give a detailed account of āhnika or the daily routine of a dvija.[3] Śauca or bodily purity is an important part of the same.


  1. He lived in 200 B.C.
  2. Manusmṛti 5.106
  3. Dvija means a member of the first three castes.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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