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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.

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By Swami Harshananda

Anvādheya literally means ‘given after’.

Stridhana or a woman’s property is an important topic discussed by the writers of the dharmaśāstras. A perusal of Vedic and early dharmaśāstra literature reveals that women had an honored place in the society. References did not want to show that they were given gifts and endowed with property of which they could be independent owners.[1][2]

Among the five or six varieties of stridhana mentioned, anvādheya is one. It is generally defined as what is obtained by a woman after (anu = after) her marriage, from the family of her husband and also from the family of her father’s kinsmen. It included all kinds of movable property.


  1. Rgveda 10.85.13 and 38
  2. Apastamba Dharmasutras
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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