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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

Sthānaka literally means ‘standing posture’.


Images of deities installed in the temples are generally of three types:

  1. Sthānaka - standing
  2. Āsīna - sitting
  3. Śayāna - reclining

Images of the sthānaka type are the most common ones. These images can be samapāda[1] or viṣamapāda.[2]


  1. Samapāda means when the two feet are close together.
  2. Viṣamapāda means where one leg is straight and the other is slightly bent and placed at a distance from the former.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore