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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

Daṇḍapāṇi literally means ‘one who holds the daṇḍa or the staff in his hand’.

In the mythological and iconographical literature, daṇḍapāṇi word can apply to two deities:

  1. Yama - the god of death and the deity presiding over the southern quarter
  2. Subrahmaṇya - variously known as Skanda, Kumāra and Kārttikeya

It is applied to Subrahmaṇya to a greater extent. Iconographically, Subrahmaṇya is shown as holding a long cudgel or staff (daṇḍa) in his right hand. His left hand rests on the left loin. He is also known as Daṇḍāyudhapāṇi.


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