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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

Origin of Sarayu[edit]

Sarayu is the famous river on the bank of the Ayodhyā city. Since it originates from a saras[1] in the Himalayas which is called Sarayu. It is one of the seven tributaries of the river Gaṅgā and considered so sacred that one is advised to remember it with devotion both at dawn and at dusk. A bath in it absolves all the sins.

Historical Significance of Sarayu[edit]

Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa bathed here before being initiated by the sage Viśvāmitra into the secrets of dhanurvidyā.[2] Rāma is said to have drowned himself in it at the end of his life after having successfully completed the task of his incarnation. It is now identified with the Goghrā river in Ayodhyā.


  1. Saras means lake.
  2. Dhanurvidyā is the science of archery.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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