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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

Ayācita literally means ‘got unasked’.

Fasting on ekādaśī days (the eleventh day in the fortnight as per the lunar calendar) is an important religious discipline followed by the dvijas.[1] It is of four types, of which ‘ayācita’ is one. The word literally means ‘that which is got without asking.’ A person who is observing a fast of this type is permitted to eat food got without asking. But even this can be accepted and eaten only once.


  1. The twice- born, i. e., brāhmaṇas, kṣattriyas and vaiśyas
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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