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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.


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By Swami Harshananda

Anadhyāya, Anadhyayana literally means ‘not studying the Vedas.

All those who labor need rest. The system of holidays and vacations is as old as mankind. The Vedic students and their teachers were no exception.

Adhyayana or Vedic studies were to be pursued according to some rules and regulations set by tradition. On certain specified days, the ācārya would not teach. Such days were known as anadhyāya or days of anadhyayana. However, on such days the students were expected to revise their lessons, to do cintana and manana (reflection) and even get guidance from the senior students.

Days of anadhyāya are :

  1. Pratipad
  2. Aṣṭamī
  3. Caturdaśī
  4. Purṇimā
  5. Amāvāsyā
  6. Days of saṅkramaṇa.

These are according to the lunar calendar - the 1st, 8th and 14th days after new-moon and full-moon; and the days on which the sun enters the next sign of the zodiac.


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