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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


Aihole, a village situated on the bank of river Malaprabhā in the Bijapur district of Karnataka State. It is famous for the large number of stone temples built in and around this village (many of which are now in ruins). They belong to the period 500-650 A.D. and were built by the Cālukyas of Bādāmi (500-757 A.D.).

There are reasons to believe that human settlements existed here even in the 7th century B. C. By 700 A.D., it had grown into a big city, famous not only for trade and commerce but also for the settlements of learned brāhmaṇas. The old temples, about 125 in number, have been divided into 22 groups depending upon their special features.

Among these, the Durgā temple, the Lāḍkhān temple, the Huccimalliguḍi and the Meguti temple are more famous and have provided a lot of information regarding the history of the development of architecture. There is a temple dedicated to Brahmā too. Regular worship is only performed in the Rāmaliṅga temple.

The village has a fort and also three cave temples. A number of inscriptions belonging to different periods (700-1200 A.D.) have been recovered from the various sites of this village.


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