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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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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Asamavāyi-kāraṇa literally means ‘non-inherent cause’.

The Vaiśeṣika Darśana (a logical system of philosophy attributed to the sage Kaṇāda) recognizes seven padārthas or categories of reality, out of which samavāya or the relation of inherence forms the sixth. It is the eternal relationship that subsists between the following

  • Whole and the parts
  • The quality and the substance
  • An action and the substance doing this action

Clay is the material cause for the jug. The two are inseparable. Hence, clay is called the samavāyi-kāraṇa, an inherent cause, of the jug. However, the color of the jug is not caused by the clay, but by the color of the clay which again exists in clay by samavāya. Hence, the color of the clay is said to be the asamavāyi- kāraṇa, a non-inherent cause, of the color of the jug.


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

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