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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


Gaṇapati or Gaṇeśa, the elephant-faced god, is an extremely popular deity of the pantheon. Out of the several aspects of this god, the Heramba-Gaṇapati is also the one. This aspect is more popular in Nepal. ‘Heramba’ means one puffed up with the pride of strength and valor.

Gaṇapati in this form has five faces and ten arms in which he holds broken tusk, club, rosary, goad, a fruit, axe, sweet (modaka) and a noose. The other two hands exhibit the abhaya and the varada mudrās which denotes offering protection and boons.


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