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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

Dhauti literally means ‘process of cleansing’.

Dhauti is one of the well-known ṣaṭkarmas or six purificatory processes in Haṭhayoga and is of four kinds. According to the scriptures, mokṣa or spiritual emancipation should be the goal of life. This can be attained through yoga. Yoga may be practiced in two stages:

  1. Haṭhayoga - It prepares the body by cleaning it so that it is free from all the ailments.
  2. Rājayoga - It cleanses the mind by giving it the power to reveal or realize the Self within.


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