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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

Liṅgadhāraṇa literally means ‘wearing the Śivaliṅga on the body’.

Vīraśaivas are also called ‘Liṅgāyatas’ since they wear the Śivaliṅga[1] on their body.

Liṅgadhāraṇa is a part of the ceremonies connected with dīkṣā or initiation. The guru worships the liṅga first and then ties it around the neck of the initiate.


  1. Śivaliṅga is a stone emblem of Śiva encased in a small casket.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore