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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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Ghora Āṅgirasa

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Ghora Āṅgirasa means ‘the terrible descendant of the sage Aṅgiras’.

Ghora was one of the eight sons of the sage Aṅgiras. Hence he was known as ‘Ghora-Āṅgirasa’.[1] The Chāndogya Upanisad[2] has mentioned that the sage Ghora Aṅgirasa taught the science of puruṣayajña[3] to Kṛṣṇa (Devakiputra). This is apparently contradicted by the Visnupurāna[4] and Bhāgavata[5] which state that Sāndīpani of Avanti was the teacher of Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma.

If Sāndīpani belonged to the Aṅgiras gotra (lineage) and had the appellation ‘ghora’ (‘the terrible’), since he was a strict disciplinarian, the two sages can be deemed as one and the same person. But there is no clinching evidence to prove it.


  1. Āṅgirasa = a descendant of Aṅgiras.
  2. Chāndogya Upanisad 3.17.6
  3. Puruṣayajña is human life contemplated upon as a sacrifice.
  4. Visnupurāna 5.21.19
  5. Bhāgavata 10.45.31
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore