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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

Apathya literally means ‘away from the path’.

The system of medicine and treatment, known as Ayurveda (‘the science of longevity’) is as particular with regard to prescribing diet and conduct as with medicines and treatment. The former is called ‘pathya, what is on the right road;’ i.e., what is in consonance with the rules of the science of treatment.

For instance, in almost all the cases of illness, over-eating, drinking, and preventing sleep are to be avoided. If this is done, then it is ‘pathya.’ In dehydrating diseases, the patient should consume plenty of warm water. That is ‘pathya’ for him.

‘Apathya’ is the opposite of ‘pathya,’ the foods, drinks and conduct which will aggravate the disease. For instance, a patient suffering from fever should not take rice or expose himself to cold. It is ‘apathya’ for him. The principles of pathya and apathya can be extended to the field of religion and spiritual life too.


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