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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

Jalakṛcchra literally means ‘penance in or with water’. It is also called as:

  1. Toyakṛcchra
  2. Udakakṛcchra
  3. Varuṇakṛcchra

Expiation for sins committed, knowingly or unknowingly, by performing the prescribed penances is an ancient practice in the religion. ‘Kṛcchra’ is a general term applied to many of these expiations. Jalakṛcchra is one of them.

Forms of Jalakṛcchra[edit]

It has been described in several ways. According to one version, it consists in sustaining only on water mixed with ground barley for one month. Another version is that the sinner should spend a whole day and night fasting and immersing himself in the water. This should be followed by the repetition of the Gāyatrīmantra 1008 times the next day.


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