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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

Rāga-dveṣa literally means ‘attachment and aversion’.

Connection Between Rāga-dveṣa[edit]

The two words rāga which denotes attachment and dveṣa which denotes hatred or aversion are often used together since the two are interconnected in a way. When somebody thwarts a person from fulfilling his desire, born out of rāga, it turns into dveṣa or aversion towards that person causing the obstacle. They are the equivalents of:

  1. Kāma - desire
  2. Krodha - anger

Disposition of Rāga-dveṣa[edit]

These are the first two of the ariṣaḍvargas, the six enemies of spiritual evolution.


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