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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

Janapada literally means ‘people’.

In the political science works, every rājya or state is said to have seven aṅgas or constituents. Janapada[1] is the third. Janapada actually signifies people of the State.

Since the entire governmental system is meant for the welfare of the people, they must be kept happy and contented. For this they need security and all opportunities to develop. Their primary needs which have to fulfilled are food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, education and avenues for employment. Hence, the king and his government must support and encourage all the organizations of public service such as trade guilds, labor unions, educational institutions and self government agencies like the pañcāyats. All the welfare activities must be conducted through them or with their co operation.


  1. Janapada is also called as Rāṣṭra.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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