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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.

Aṅga and liṅga

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Aṅga and liṅga literally means ‘that which goes towards Brahman’ and ‘that into which everything is dissolved’.

In Vīraśaivism (one of the important schools of Śaivism) Brahman is called ‘Sthala’. ‘Stha’ stands for ‘sthāna’ (place) and ‘la’ for ‘laya’ (dissolution). So ‘Sthala’ is that place or source from which the universe evolves and into which it dissolves ultimately.

This ‘Sthala’ divides itself out of līlā and become a part of liṅga and aṅga, also called as liṅgasthala and aṅgasthala. Aṅga is the individual soul or jīva (so called because he goes back [ga] to Brahman [aril] ) and liṅga (= that into which everything gets dissolved, liyate) is God, Śiva.

Aṅga becomes one with liṅga in course of time as a result of bhakti, upāsanā or worship.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore