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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.


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By Swami Harshananda

Anvāhārya literally means ‘that which is made up’.

In the Darśa-purṇamāsa sacrifice, the yajamāna (sacrificer) is advised to gift away cooked rice as sacrificial fee to the priests after cooking it on one of the fires, the dakṣiṇāgni. This is meant to offset whatever defects might have been accrued to the sacrifice due to errors of omission and commission. This is called anvāhārya.

Since anvāhārya is cooked on the dakṣiṇāgni, the latter is also called anvāhārya-pacana.

A monthly śrāddha (religious rite in honor of the departed ancestors performed immediately after piṇḍapitṛyajña is also called anvāhārya.


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