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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

Stoma literally means ‘praise’.

Stotras are the Ṛgvedic mantras set to the Sāmavedic tunes. A stoma is a group of such verses and has several names depending on the number of repetitions. They are:

  1. Pañcadaśastoma[1]
  2. Saptadaśastoma[2]
  3. Ekaviiṅśastoma[3]
  4. Etc.

These stomas are arranged in two or more different varieties called viṣṭuti. For instance, the ājyastotra[4] consists of three verses[5] which can be called a, b and c. Then in a pañcadaśastoma of 15 verses the arrangement will be as follows:

  1. 1st paryāya or round a a a b c
  2. 2nd paryāya or round a b b b c
  3. 3rd paryāya or round a b c c c

This is called pañcapañcinī-viṣṭuti.


  1. Rgveda 15
  2. Rgveda 17
  3. Rgveda 21
  4. Ājyastotra is chanted during the morning pressing of soma juice.
  5. Ṛgveda 6.16.10-12
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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