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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

Anustaraṇi literally means ‘a secondary animal that is spread over’.

An old cow which is set free during the funeral rites and which is believed to help the deceased to cross the Vaitaraṇī (a fetid river between the earth and naraka or the nether world) is technically called anustaraṇi.

Since the root ‘stṛ’ has the sense of ‘spreading,’ anustaraṇi may also refer to an old cow which is immolated during the funeral rites, dissected and its various limbs spread on the dead body. This practice, however, ceased to exist long back.

The anustaraṇi is sometimes called rājagavī also.


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