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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

Out of the ten avatāras (known as Daśāvatāras) or incarnations of Viṣṇu, the Varāha (Boar-incarnation) is the third. Viṣṇu assumed this form to recover bhu or the earth deified as Bhudevī or Earth-goddess sunk in the waters of the ocean by the demon Hiraṇyākṣa.

He is generally shown as lifting up and holding Bhudevī in his right hand. The goddess herself is shown as a charming damsel of dark complexion (or bright like lightning) with folded hands.

Bhuvarāha is sometimes distinguished from Ādivarāha. The Ādivarāha is shown as standing on the Ādiśeṣa (Serpent-Conch Viṣṇu) whereas the Bhuvarāha is not. Occasionally the two forms are shown to be identical.


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