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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 expose the correspondence between textbooks and the colonial-racist discourse. This racist discourse 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 Krishna Maheshwari

  1. practice; cultivation; conditioning; learning; repetition
  2. habit; tendency.

Practice is repetition of efforts to achieve perfection.

Abhyāsa is used in a technical sense in Patañjali's system of Yoga. Repetition of efforts put forth to keep the modifications of mind, vṛtti, suppressed is referred to as abhyāsa. This abhyāsa when done for over a long, continuous period with faith, will be firmly established leading to yogic states.[1]

In Sanskrit grammar, the word is used to indicate the first part of the duplicated verbal root.<Astādhyāyī of Pāṇini 6.1.4</ref>


  1. Yogasutras 1.12, 13, 14
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
  • Abhyāsa by Jit Majumdar

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