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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

Apurva-vidhi literally means ‘unprecedental injunction’.

The Mīmāmsā (also called Purva- mīmāriisā) system of philosophy lays great emphasis on the performance of the rituals, which alone constitute the ‘dharma’ prescribed in the Vedas. The whole of the Vedas can be broadly divided into ‘vidhi’ or injunctions and ‘arthavāda’ or laudatory statements.

The vidhis again are classified into three groups :

  1. Apurva - vidhi
  2. Niyama - vidhi
  3. Parisaṅkhyā-vidhi

The apurva-vidhi (translated as ‘original injunction’) is a vidhi or injunction which has not been known previously (apurva = unprecedented).

To illustrate : In the Darśapurṇamāsa sacrifice, there is the injunction, ‘vrīhīn prokṣati’ (‘He sprinkles the rice grains’). In the absence of this injunction the sprinkling with regard to the rice grains used in this sacrifice would never be known. But with this injunction, sprinkling of the rice grains becomes compulsory. Hence it is an original injunction.


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