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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

Dakṣiṇācāra literally means ‘the right hand path or conduct’.

Source of Religious Practices[edit]

The religious practices prevalent in the modern society are influenced greatly by:

  1. The purāṇas
  2. The āgamas
  3. The tantras

Types of Sādhanas[edit]

The tantras are mainly works connected with the cult of Śakti or the Divine Mother. These tāntrik works present seven types of ācāras or modes of sādhana. They are again regrouped into two:

  1. The Dakṣiṇācāra
  2. The Vāmācāra

Characteristics of Dakṣiṇācāra[edit]

The characteristics of Dakṣiṇācāra are:

  1. The worship of the goddess Dakṣiṇakālikā
  2. Following the Vedic modes of pujā and sādhanā
  3. The belief in the varṇāśrama system


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

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