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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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By Swami Harshananda

Citrāpurṇimā literally means ‘full-moon day of Caitra’.

The full-moon day in the month of Caitra (March-April) is sacred to Citragupta, the scribe of Yama. If the day happens to be a Thursday, Saturday or Sunday, it is considered even more auspicious. Special worship is offered to Citragupta on this day.

It is believed that the river Citrā[1] was born on this day and Kāñcīpuram has a temple of Citragupta. In Tamil Nadu, people believe that bathing in the river is meritorious.


  1. Citrā rises from the Kuṭṭalam hills in the Tirunelvelly district on this day
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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