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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

Anuloma literally means ‘with the hair or grain’.

Anything that is in the accepted order is termed as ‘anuloma’, opposite to ‘pratiloma’ (‘opposed to the hair or grain’) which indicates the reverse order. The word is widely used with regard to marriages and jati.

An anuloma marriage is one in which the male is of a higher jati than the female. Offsprings of such unions belong to a set of jati called anuloma jati.

In the pratiloma marriage the male is of a lower jati than the female and the offsprings belong to pratiloma jati.


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

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