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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

God is defined as nirākāra[1] and nirguṇa.[2] Perhaps a symbol of rounded surface is the nearest iconic representation of God. A liṅga or Sivaliṅga exactly represents that. However phallic association of the liṅga cannot be ruled out since it might have been present in some aboriginal sects which later on might have absorbed into the Vedic fold.

The earliest Śivaliṅga discovered so far is at the Paraśurāmeśvara temple of Guḍimallam. It is a village situated about ten kilometers from Renigunta in Andhra Pradesh. It is an unmistakable piece of iconic representation of Śivaliṅga as an erect phallus. It is 1.5 meters (5ft.) tall and is assigned to the period 100-200 B. C. A beautifully carved image of Śiva standing against it and trampling a rākṣasa (demon), the apasmāra puruṣa (cretinous person), is an added attraction of this.


  1. Nirākāra means formless.
  2. Nirguṇa means without attributes.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore