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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

Anuvyavasaya literally means ‘after-cognition’.

Philosophical systems, called darśanas, have analyzed the phenomenon of knowledge in all its aspects. Out of the several pramāṇas or means of knowledge, pratyakṣa or direct perception is universally accepted and placed as the first in the series.

When a pot is seen by the eyes and the knowledge ‘This is a pot’ arises in the mind, such a knowledge is called vyavasāya or determinate cognition.

However, this is immediately followed by another knowledge ‘I know this pot’ thus relating the earlier knowledge to the self. Since this vyavasāya or cognition rises after the first, it is termed ‘anuvyavasāya’ (anu = after). This is a later doctrine developed by the Nyāya school.


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