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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

Tārksya literally means ‘descendant of Tṛkṣi’.

Tārksya, Name of Garuḍa[edit]

This is one of the names of Garuḍa the mount of Viṣṇu. It is difficult to say whether he was a descendant of Tṛkṣi, a prince of an earlier generation.

Tārksya, a Sage[edit]

It is also the name of a sage who is supposed to have been taught by goddess Sarasvatī herself once.[1] A king, Dundhumāra by name, accidentally killed the son of the sage Tārkṣya. When he apologized profusely to the sage, the latter called his son by name and he rose up alive. The sage explained that he and his hermitage had acquired that power due to good and pure conduct.[2]


  1. Mahābhārata, Vanaparva 186
  2. Mahābhārata, Vanaparva, 184
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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