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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

Hayagrivasamhitā literally means ‘scripture of Hayagriva’.

The Pāṅcarātra Āgamas are basic works of the Viṣṇu-Nārāyaṇa sects. The Hayagrivasamhitā is one of the less known treatises of this group. It does not seem to have been printed yet. One of the manuscripts discovered has the following contents:

  1. Pratisthākānda - 42 paṭalas or chapters
  2. Samskārakānda - 37 paṭalas
  3. Liṅgakānda - 25 paṭalas
  4. Saurakānda - 45 paṭalas

The whole work deals with the rituals concerning the installation of images of various minor gods, methods of preparing the images and various kinds of rituals. The third section, the Liṅgakānda, is śaivite in character.


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