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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

Uccāṭana literally means ‘exorcising’.

Employment of spells for malevolent purposes is known as abhicāra and ābhicārika-karma. The six types mentioned in the related works are:

  1. Māraṇa - for causing the death of an enemy
  2. Mohana - for casting a spell
  3. Stambhana - for arresting the power of an enemy
  4. Vidveṣaṇa - for causing enmity
  5. Uccātana - for throwing out or banishing
  6. Vaśīkaraṇa - for hypnotizing any person

The rite of uccāṭana can also be used for exorcising ghosts and evil spirits.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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