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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

Dhvajastambha literally means ‘flag-post’.

A temple is considered to extend from the garbhamandira (sanctum) to the dhvajastambha.

Since a temple is considered as the ‘palace’ of God, it must have a flag-post in front of it, in a prominent place. The lāñchana or insignia made of copper or brass, fixed like a flag to the top of the post, varies according to the deity in the temple. The figure on the lañchana is invariably that of the vāhana (the mount) of the deity. For instance, the Śiva temples contains Nandi, the Devī temples have the lion and the Viṣṇu temples have Garuḍa on its Dhvajastambha.


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