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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

Vināyaka literally means ‘one who has no master’.

This word is sometimes used to indicate Buddha and Garuḍa also. In the Mānavagṛhyasutras[1] four Vināyakas have been mentioned. They are:

  1. Śālakaṭaṅkaṭa
  2. Kuṣmāṇḍarājaputra
  3. Usmita
  4. Devayajana

These Vināyakas are the evil spirits causing such obstacles in life as maidens not getting good husbands, married ladies not blessed with children, princes not becoming kings though eligible, men losing one’s children or crops and so on. Propitiatory rites like Vināyakaśānti or Gaṇapatipujā have to be done to offset these evil spirits.


  1. Mānavagṛhyasutras 2.14
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore