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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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By Swami Harshananda

Anaikāntika literally means ‘inconclusive’.

The Nyāya system of philosophy describes five kinds of ‘hetvābhāsas’ or fallacies in logic, one of which is ‘anaikāntika,’ also called ‘savyabhicāra.’

This fallacy occurs when the ostensible middle-term violates the general rule of inference, that it must be universally related to the major term or that the major term must be present in all cases in which the middle is present. For instance, consider the statement :

‘All knowable objects are fiery. The hill is knowable. Therefore the hill is fiery.’

Here the middle term ‘knowable’ is indifferently related to both fiery objects like the kitchen and tireless objects like the lake. All knowable objects being thus not fiery, we cannot argue that a hill is fiery because it is knowable.


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

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