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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

Dantadhauti literally means ‘cleansing of the teeth’.

Works on Haṭhayoga like the Gherandasamhitā describe certain processes for cleansing the body. This process is known as ‘dhautis’. This process is undergone to make a person fit for Rājayoga. One such dhauti is called as the dantadhauti. This dhauti aims at cleansing the teeth, the root of the tongue, the two holes of the ear and the sinuses. The practical process has to be learnt directly under the guidance of a competent teacher.


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