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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

Sabhā literally means ‘assembly’.

Different Inferences of the Word Sabhā[edit]

  • The earliest meaning of this word seems to be the gambling hall.[1]
  • Later on, it acquired other meanings like an assembly of learned persons as well as other persons needed to be present and presided over by the king.
  • The word samiti was also used in the same sense.
  • In all probability it was not an elected body but an ad hoc one.
  • The word has sometimes been used to indicate an assembly of learned people, probably to discuss and decide some important issues before the king.
  • Sabhā can also mean an auditorium or a building meant for meetings.


  1. Ṛgveda 10.34.6
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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