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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

Brahmabhāga literally means ‘part representing Brahmā’.

In the literature connected with temples, this word is used in two senses.

  1. Firstly, it represents the central part of the plot or the site of the sanctum sanctorum, the outer ones being respectively called daiva, mānuṣa and paiśāca bhāgas (parts pertaining to the gods, human beings and goblins).
  2. Secondly, it refers to the lowest part of the Śivaliṅga made of stone, which is square in shape and is embedded in the earth. The middle part which is octagonal and is embedded in the pedestal is called Viṣṇubhāga. The cylindrical part projecting outside the pedestal is called Rudrabhāga. It is also called as Pujābhāga since pujā or worship is offered only to this part.


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

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