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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

Anuśaya literally means ‘left over even after experience’.

Mythology believes in the theory of karma and punarjanma. As a result of puṇya, the jīva is said to go to svargaloka or candraloka and return to the earth after the merit is used up.

Even when puṇya is exhausted, there are other karmas still left over, which will fructify and give the jīva further births and experiences. Such residual karma is called anuśaya. The word is sometimes used in the sense of paścātāpa or repentance.


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