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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

Ādimurti literally means ‘the Original form’.

Viṣṇu manifests himself in several forms. ‘Ādimurti’ is one of them. Considered as a minor manifestation, he is described as sitting upon the serpent Ādiśeṣa, with the right leg hanging and the left as folded and resting upon the seat. Of the four hands, the two back hands hold as usual, the śaṅkha (conch) and cakra (discus). The front right hand rests upon the seat whereas the front left is supported on the folded left knee. The color of the figure is coral red and it is richly decorated with ornaments. The other two gods of the Trinity, Brahmā and Śiva, as also the sages Bhṛgu and Mārkaṇḍeya, are also shown in a reverential aspect.


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