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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

From the Vedic days people have been rather fastidious in choosing ‘good’ days and avoiding ‘bad’ days for starting of any venture. Even now, even the average person, is very particular about this.

Such days are generally decided with the help of astrologers and priests who consult the pañcāṅga (the almanac) and give their opinion. One of the inauspicious days mentioned there is called ‘dagdhayoga’. If the week days from Sunday to Saturday occur on certain tithis (days as per the lunar calendar) as shown below, they are called ‘dagdhayogas’. The name is perhaps derived from the reason that ventures started on such days of the week, united (yoga = union) with certain tithis, become dagdha or destroyed (dagdha = burnt, destroyed). They are:

  1. Sunday associated with dvādaśī (12th day)
  2. Monday associated with ekādaśī (11th day)
  3. Tuesday associated with daśamī (10th day)
  4. Wednesday associated with tṛtīyā (3rd day)
  5. Thursday associated with ṣaṣthī (6th day)
  6. Friday associated with dvitīyā (2nd day)
  7. Saturday associated with saptamī (7th day)

These days are calculated either from the day after the new-moon or the full-moon. These dagdhayoga days are inauspicious.


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