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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

Anubandhyā literally means ‘bound, following the sacrifice’.

Towards the end of the Agniṣṭoma sacrifice, after the udayaniya rite, a barren cow used to be immolated and sacrificed to the gods Mitra and Varuṇa. This cow was called anu(u)bandhyā.

Sometimes three barren cows are used to be sacrificed to Mitrā-Varuṇa, Viśvedevas and Bṛhaspati, as in Vājapeya, Rājasuya and Sattra yāgas. Substitutes of pāyasam (pudding) and āmikṣā (curdled milk) have also been mentioned, even in the earlier works. Sacrifice of these cows has been given up long since.


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