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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

Abhiniveśa literally means ‘excessive attachment [to life]’.

All living beings, whether it be a worm or a man, have a natural fear of death and a strong desire to live. According to Patañjali Yoga, though this is understandable, it is not desirable! It is not desirable because it is born out of avidyā or ignorance of the true nature of the soul which is immortal. This ignorance is a great stumbling block on the path to perfection. Hence abhiniveśa which is technically referred to as kleśa, an affliction or a vicious tendency, prevent the rise of true knowledge, must be cast off by the seeker of perfection. Spiritual practices like kriyāyoga will help the seeker in this task.


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