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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

Anuvāka literally means ‘saying after’.

Literally the word means ‘reciting’ (the Vedas) ‘after’ or ‘following’ the teacher. Hence it refers to the recitation of the Vedas in general. However, it is used in a more technical sense, to indicate a division of the Vedic mantras.

  • The Rgveda Samhitā, the basic scripture, is divided into ten books each of which is called ‘maṇḍala.’
  • Each maṇḍala is again divided into several subsections called anuvākas.
  • The anuvākas are further subdivided into suktas, each sukta containing one or more ṛks (verses).
  • There are 85 anuvākas in the Rgveda.

Śaunaka has prepared an index for these anuvākas, known as Anuvākānu-kramani.


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