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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


The Gaṇḍabheruṇḍa, a double-headed eagle, has been the State symbol of many royal dynasties especially in South India. Prominent among them are the emperors of Vijayanagara and the kings of Mysore. It still continuous to be the symbol of the Karnataka State.

According to the archaeologists and historians, the bird signifies peace, progress and power. The Purāṇas indicate that Viṣṇu as Gaṇḍabheruṇḍa subdued Śiva as Śarabhaas after Narasimha was conquered by Śarabha.[1]

Evidence of Gaṇḍabheruṇḍa throughout history[edit]

  • The bird, Suparṇa, of the Ṛgveda might be an early edition of this bird
  • The Gaṇḍabheruṇḍa symbol has been traced to the Indus Valley civilization at Mohenjo Dāro
  • The symbol has also been found at Takṣaśilā (Taxila).
  • The well-known folk-tale poem, the Pañcatantra, mentions this bird in one of its tales.
  • In the village Balligāve in the Shimoga district of Karnataka, there is a pillar of the Cālukyan era (A. D. 1047) depicting the deity Bheruṇḍeśvara[2] along with an edict.


  1. Śarabha is an animal more fierce than the lion.
  2. Bheruṇḍeśvara is deified as Gaṇḍabheruṇḍa.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore