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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

Rākā literally means ‘the deity of the full-moon day’.

Origin of Rākā[edit]

Aṅgiras is one of the Prajāpatis, mind-born sons of Brahmā, the creator. He married Smṛti and begot four daughters:

  1. Anumati
  2. Rākā
  3. Kuhu
  4. Sinīvālī

Significance of Rākā[edit]

Rākā is the moon-goddess associated with the full-moon. She is of considerable antiquity. She also has a mention in the Ṛgveda.[1] Along with Sinīvālī, she is worshiped in temples during the ceremonies of installation and consecration. Rākā is invoked in mud-pots with fissures.[2]

Picturesque of Rākā[edit]

  • She is described as white in complexion with golden tinges.
  • She wears red garments.
  • She has two arms holding flowers.
  • The haṅsa or swan is her mount and banner.
  • She is associated with the music of lute and flute.


  1. Ṛgveda 2.32.4
  2. It is called as chidra kumbha.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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