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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.

This book is the result of four years of rigorous research and academic peer-review, reflecting our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within academia.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Apaciti literally means ‘paying respect’.

The dharmaśāstras, treatises on law and code of conduct, specify that six types of people should be shown due honor and respect, by a householder. They are mentioned below :

  1. Ācārya - Teacher
  2. Rtvik - Officiating priest
  3. Rājan - The king
  4. Snātaka - One who has just finished Vedic studies
  5. Śvaśura - Father-in- law
  6. Pitṛvya - Paternal uncle
  7. Mātula - Maternal uncle

The reception given in their honor is called ‘apaciti’ or ‘argha’. It consists of

  • Offering a seat to sit on
  • Pādya - Water for washing feet
  • Arghya - Water for washing hands
  • Ācamana - Water for rinsing mouth
  • Madhuparka - A preparation of honey and other ingredients


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

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