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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.


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Ānviksiki

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By Swami Harshananda

Ānviksiki literally means ‘science of reflecting after’.

Ancient works on polity often mentions ānvīkṣikī as one of the four sciences to be taught compulsorily to the princes, especially the one who will become the next king.

Literally the word means something to be reflected upon (īks = to reflect) after (anu = after) hearing about the same from the preceptor. Hence, the earliest connotation seems to be ‘philosophy,’ the same as was later on known as ‘darśana.’

However, the word has been used in later literature more exclusively to denote the logical sciences, tarkaśāstra or Nyāya.


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

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