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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

Viniyogavidhi literally means ‘injunction regarding application’.

Significance of Vedic Sacrifices[edit]

Vedic sacrifices involve many complicated rites. Hence treatises on the Purva-mīmāṅsā take great pains to explain in detail all the subtle points in their performance. A vidhi is a Vedic injunction regarding the performance of any Vedic rite like a yāga or sacrifice.

Different Types of Vidhis[edit]

Some of the vidhis are:

  1. Utpattividhi or pradhānavidhi - It indicates the main rite such as, ‘One who desires to attain svarga[1] should perform the Agnihotra sacrifice.’
  2. Viniyogavidhi or Guṇavidhi - It gives the details of the performance, like ‘He has to offer curds as oblation into the fire of Agnihotra.’
  3. Viśistavidhi - In this ritual, the specialty is pointed out. For instance, if it is declared, ‘One has to perform the sacrifice through soma,’ it should be understood that a sacrifice in which the soma juice is to be offered, is meant here.


  1. Svarga means heaven.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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