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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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Drṣad and upala

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Drṣad & Upala

Vedic sacrifice is an age old tradition. Purodāśas or cakes made by baking pounded grains is one of the several materials used in the sacrifice for oblation into the duly consecrated fire. The two mill-stones used for pounding the grains are called dṛṣad and upala.

Dṛṣad is the lower stone, flat in shape whereas Upala is the upper cylindrical stone.


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

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