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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, reflecting our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within academia.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Sadyah-śauca literally means ‘purification on the same day’.

Meaning of Sadyah-śauca[edit]

The smṛtis and dharmaśāstras[1] prescribe aśauca or ceremonial impurity that accrues to a person due to birth or death or other occurrences in a family. This is of ten kinds. Though such an impurity may extend from three to ten days, there are exceptions wherein the aśauca may be ended just by sunset or sunrise or even by a bath. Such a purification is called sadyah-sauca. The word ‘sadyah’ means ‘the same day’.

Rules for Sadyah-śauca[edit]

Sadyah-śauca is permitted in the following cases:

  • Priests chosen for a sacrifice
  • One who has taken dīkṣā[2] for a Vedic sacrifice
  • Those who are engaged in giving gifts especially at charity houses
  • Craftsmen engaged in important work that cannot be stopped
  • During natural disturbances or natural calamities
  • Etc.

There is no aśauca for the ascetics under any circumstances.


  1. They are the secondary scriptures dealing with the general code of conduct including daily routine.
  2. Dīkṣā means initiation.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore