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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

Mahābhiṣeka literally means ‘the great sprinkling [during the coronation of a king'.

The Aitareya Brāhmaṇa[1] describes the coronation of Indra as the king of the gods in heaven. This rite has been called ‘Aindrī Mahābhiṣeka’.

Probably following this, the coronation of a great king, which includes the sprinkling of water from various sacred sources, came to be known as ‘mahābhiṣeka’. Here are the names of some of the great kings who underwent the Mahābhiṣeka ceremony:

  1. Janamejaya
  2. Tura Kāvaṣeya
  3. Cyavana Bhārgava
  4. Ambarīṣa
  5. Bharata (son of Duṣyanta)


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

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