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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

Arthapatti literally means ‘that which is obtained through an established fact,’ ‘Postulation’.

The darśanas or philosophical systems have bestowed considerable attention on the methods of obtaining knowledge. Means of such knowledge vary from three to six. It is the Purva-mīmānsā system that accepts and describes six such means, which form the maximum of such series.

‘Arthāpatti’ or ‘postulation’ is the penultimate in this series. It is described as the necessary supposition of an unperceived fact which alone can explain a phenomenon that demands an explanation. For example it is also observed that a man fasts during the day and yet grows fat. It is impossible to reconcile these two facts, fatness and fasting, unless we admit that he eats at night! This postulation is called ‘arthāpatti.’

The Mīmānsakas and Advaitins maintain that this is a distinctive source of knowledge whereas others include it under ‘anumāna’ or inference.


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