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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

Apavarga literally means ‘beyond classification’.

The sages were good psychologists. With a keen and incisive intellect, they discovered the basic urge of all human beings to get pleasure and happiness in life. They were also wise enough to perceive that this urge had to be contained by a higher motivating power, so that the greatest good in the greatest number could be achieved. This, they called ‘dharma’ (righteousness) while naming the other as ‘artha and kāma.’ Kama is desire in general and artha is the means of satisfying it.

The three together have been classified as ‘trivarga,’ whereas mokṣa (liberation from transmigration, beatitude) which is beyond the pale of this, gets the appellation ‘apavarga’ (varga = class, apa = beyond).

Mokṣa, mukti, kaivalya and nirvāṇa are its synonyms.


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