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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

Cakrapujā literally means ‘worship in a circle’.

The cult of the Devi or the Divine Mother, though originate from the Ṛgveda itself,[1] gradually developed into two main channels:

  1. The Dakṣiṇamārga or the right-handed path
  2. The Vāmamārga or the left-handed path

One such rite is the cakrapujā or ‘worship in a circle’. According to the Kaulāvalinirnaya an equal number of men and women, without distinction of caste or even blood relationship, meet at night and sit in a circle. The goddess is represented by a yantra or diagram. The women cast their bodices in a receptacle and each of the assembled men finds a female companion for that night by picking up a bodice from the same.


  1. Ṛgveda 10.125
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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