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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

Padmapiṭha literally means ‘seat of an icon shaped like a lotus’.

Building of temples and installing of images in them is done strictly in accordance with a well-developed science of architecture and iconography. Every murti or image ceremonially installed in a temple for worship, must have a pīṭha,[1] whose size is decided by the size of the image or that of the door of the sanctum. There are several varieties of them of which the padmapiṭha is also one.

This pīṭha or pedestal is of the shape of a padma or a lotus. There may be one or two. If there are two then they are abutted against each other, the lower one being inverted.


  1. Pīṭha means seat or pedestal.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore