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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.

Dhvaj a-Gaṇapati

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Dhvaj a-Gaṇapati literally means ‘Gaṇapati with a banner’.

Gaṇapati or Gaṇeśa is an extremely popular deity. He is worshiped at the inauguration of all the ventures whether being sacred or secular.

Out of the 32 forms described in the iconographical works, ‘Dhvaja-Gaṇapati’[1] is the one. He is depicted as a fierce deity of the full-moon color, with four heads and four hands. In these four hands he is carries:

  1. A book
  2. A rosary
  3. A water pot
  4. A flagstaff (daṇḍa with dhvaja)

The name is probably derived from the last item.


  1. Dhvaja-Gaṇapati is also called as ‘Dvija-Gaṇa- pati’.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore