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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 M. A. Alwar


Ibhaḥ can be either a masculine or feminine form.



It is derived from "eti gacchatīti" which means 'That which goes'.


Grammatically, it is can be split as iṇ+bhan (an Uṇādi suffix) in which iṇ means Elephant and bhan means the latter part of a compound. It indicates greatness.[1]

Perspectives from the Rishis[edit]


“Killing the donkey, horse, camel, deer, elephant, sheep and goat will lead to varṇasaṅkara".[2]


“Smelling due to the shower of the knot which was rent apart and shattered by the elephant”.


  1. As per Amara.
  2. Manu 11|68
  • Shabdakalpadrumah by Raja Radhakantdev, Varadaprasada Vasu, Haricarana Vasu