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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 and academic peer-review, reflecting our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within academia.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Abhāva is literally translated as ‘non-existence’.

The production of an effect is the sign of the existence of the cause. In the same way, the non-production of it is the sign of its non-existence.

This is the line of argument adopted by the Vaiśeṣika system, one of the schools of philosophy. According to it, the non-perception of a jar in the ground before us is the same as the perception of the non-existence, abhāva, of the jar. This is the only system which considers abhāva as one of the four fundamental categories of reality:

  1. Prāgabhāva : non-existence before coming into being, as for e.g., the non-existence of the jar before it is produced
  2. Pradhvaiiisābhāva : non-existence after destruction, as for e.g., the non-existence of the jar after it is destroyed
  3. Anyonyābhāva : mutual nonexistence of two different objects, e.g., the non-existence of the cow in the horse & vice versa
  4. Atyantābhāva : absolute non-existence, as for e.g., the non-existence of color in the air.


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