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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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Śiśtas; śistācāra

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Virtues of Śiśta[edit]

A Śiśta is the one who is well-trained in moral and ethical behavior, as described in the śāstras or scriptures. The code of conduct prescribed for him is Śiṣṭācāra. It comprises the following virtues:

  1. Satya - truth
  2. Tapas - austerity
  3. Dāna - giving gifts to the needy
  4. Alobha - absence of greed
  5. Vidyā - learning
  6. Ijyā - performing sacrifices
  7. Pujana - worshiping gods and elders
  8. Dama - self-control

Virtues as per Dharma[edit]

Other virtues mentioned in the works on dharma are:

  1. Absence of jealousy and egoism
  2. Freedom from hypocrisy, arrogance, delusion and anger
  3. Acquisition of Vedic wisdom as per the norms set by tradition

Source of Śiṣṭācāra[edit]

Śiṣṭācāra is also a source of dharma.


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

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