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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

Building a temple is not only a sacred act but also a complicated affair. The most important part of it is the ṣadādhārapratiṣthā[1] inside the garbhagrha or the sanctum. The nidhikumbha or nidhikalaśa is the second of these six. It is placed above the ādhāraśilā.[2] It contains several objects like nine precious stones, several metals and minerals, herbs and soils, symbolizing creation and prosperity.


  1. Sadādhārapratiṣthā means fixing up of six supports.
  2. Ādhāraśilā means the base stone.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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