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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

Sāketa is another name for Ayodhyā, the capital of the country Kosala. It is rather intriguing that this name for Ayodhyā is not found in the Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki, though it has been mentioned in the Raghuvanśa[1] of Kālidāsa.[2] By the time of Gautama Buddha[3] it was considered one of the six great cities of Bharatavarṣa. In all the works of Buddhists, Jains, Greeks and of Patañjali,[4] Ayodhyā has always been referred to as Sāketa only.


  1. Raghuvanśa 5.31
  2. He lived in 200 B.C.
  3. He lived in 6th century B. C.
  4. He lived in 200 B. C.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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