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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

Significance of Svastika[edit]

The svastika is a symbol of auspiciousness.[1] It has been used as a symbol of the sun or Viṣṇu or even Gaṇeśa. It also represents the world-wheel, the eternally changing world, which is round and fixed. It is unchanging center or God.

Significance of Svastika on Doors[edit]

Svastika mark depicted on doors or walls of building or on animals are believed to protect them from the wrath of evil spirits or furies of nature.


  1. Svasti means auspiciousness.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore