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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

Vimāna literally means ‘an object that is measured’.

Though etymologically this word is defined as something which is measured,[1] it is used more in a technical sense. According to the works on ancient architecture it can mean any of the following:

  • A chariot of the gods flying in heavenly regions
  • A house or a palace, especially the one which is seven-storeys in height
  • The small tower over the garbhagṛha or the sanctum sanctorum of a temple

This last one can be of three architectural types:

  • Nāgara - It is curvilinear.
  • Drāviḍa - It is pyramidal.
  • Vesara - It is a combination of the former two.


  1. Mā means to measure.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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