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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

Diggajas literally means ‘the elephants that are supporting the directions’.

As per the Rāmāyana, Earth is carried by eight elephants situated in the eight directions. Hence they are called ‘aṣta-diggajas’ or ‘diggajas’. Each of the diks or directions has a protector or dikpāla (or dikpālaka) and these protectors have elephants under them. These elephants have their female consorts like Abhramu, Kapilā, Piṅgalā.

The Rāmāyana[1] mentions only four diggajas which are as follows:

  1. Virṅpākṣa - East
  2. Mahāpadma - South
  3. Sumanā - West
  4. Bhadra - North


  1. Rāmāyana 1.40
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore