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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

Gajāsura literally means ‘the demon in the form of a gaja or elephant’.

Gajāsura was the son of Mahiṣāsura, the demon in the form of a bison. Mahiṣāsura was ultimately killed by the goddess Durgā. Gajāsura pleased Śiva with his austerities performed with devotion and secured several supernatural boons.

Armed with these powers, he started harassing the gods in heaven. They urged to Śiva for succor and protection. Śiva challenged Gajāsura for a duel. Gajāsura surrendered with the condition that Śiva should wear his skin as his apparel after killing him. Śiva obliged him by doing so. Hence Śiva also became famous with the names as Gajacarmāmbaradhara, Nāgacarmadhara, Kṛttivāsa,[1] Gajaghna (the killer of Gajāsura) and so on.


  1. Gajacarmāmbaradhara is the wearer of the skin of Gajāsura as his dress.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore