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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

Anuyāja literally means ‘after-offering’.

Among the few sacrifices that an āhitāgni (one who has ceremonially kindled the Vedic fires) is expected to perform regularly, Darśa and Purṇamāsa should specially be mentioned. They belong to the class called ‘iṣṭi’ (needing four priests) and are performed on the new moon day and full-moon day respectively.

  • During these sacrifices, certain minor offerings are made before and after the principal offerings. Such offerings made before the principal ones are called prayājas (pra = before). The prayājas are oblations of ājya (clarified butter or ghee) and are five in number, addressed to deities like
  1. Samidhah
  2. Narāśaiṅsa
  3. Others.
  • Those made after the principal ones are termed anuyājas (anu = after). The anuyājas are only three and offered to
  1. Barhis
  2. Narāśamsa
  3. Agni sviṣṭakṛt

The word is sometimes spelled as anuyāja also.


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