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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

Daṇḍī literally means ‘one who holds a staff’.

Literally, the word means anyone who holds a daṇḍa or a staff in his hand. Technically this term is used to indicate the saiṅyāsins or monks. The daṇḍa or the staff is a part and parcel of the monastic apparel. It constantly reminds that the sanyāsin has to be ever vigilant to practice dama or self-control in all its aspects.

The daṇḍīs are of two types:

  1. The Ekadaṇḍis - In this the person holds only one staff. The person holding this staff has to remind that he has to keep his mind always under control.
  2. The tridaṇḍis - In this the person holds the staff made of three sticks tied into one unit. The person holding this staff has to remind that he has to have control over the body, the speech and the mind.


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