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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

Navagva literally means ‘those who have completed it in nine months’.

One of the Saptarṣis or the Seven Sages is Aṅgiras. Among the descendants of Aṅgiras known as Āṅgirasas, those who performed a Sattrayāga[1] and attained what they wanted in nine months were called ‘Navagvas’ and those who got the results in ten months, were called ‘Daśagvas’.[2] Sometimes the Navagvas and the Daśagvas themselves are identified with the Saptarṣis. They are supposed to live in the pitṛloka[3] and accept the obsequial offerings.


  1. Sattrayāga normally needs twelve months to complete.
  2. Rgveda 1.62.4
  3. Pitṛloka means the world of manes.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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