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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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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Madhyadeśa literally means ‘the middle part of the country Bhāratavarsa’.

The purāṇas divide Bhāratavarsa, undivided India, into seven deśas or regions. They are:

  1. Aparānta
  2. Madhyadeśa
  3. Udīcya or Uttarāpatha
  4. Prācya
  5. Dākṣiṇātya or Dakṣiṇāpatha
  6. Vindhyapṛṣṭha
  7. Parvata

The Madhyadeśa is defined as that part of the country which is between the Himalayas and the Vindhya Mountains but to the west of Prayāga, modern Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. It is to the east of Vinaśana, the place where the river Sarasvati disappears.

Types of People[edit]

Seventeen types of people are mentioned in the epics and the purāṇas to be residents of this region. Some of them include:

They seem to be the names of the countries or regions in which they lived.


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

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