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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

Gurudvāra literally means ‘gateway to the Guru’.

The place of worship of Sikhs is the gurudvāra.[1]

Guru Gobind Singh (A. D. 1666-1708) the tenth and the last Guru, ordained that there would be no more human Gurus. The Book, Ādi Granth[2] itself should be looked upon as the Guru after him.

A gurudvāra is the place where this book, the Ādi Granth, also called Guru Granth Sāhib, is kept in a hall with all the paraphernalia needed to honor it like a human Guru. The Book after being established, is looked after by the granthis (scripture-readers). It is also taken out in a procession like the utsava-vigraha, (processional deity) in a temple.

The Golden Temple[3] at Amritsar in Punjab is the chief gurudvāra of the Sikhs. The other important ones are at Kapurthala, Anandpur (both in Punjab), Nanded (Maharashtra) and Patna (Bihar).


  1. It is also spelt as ‘gurdvāra’.
  2. It was compiled by the fifth Guru, Arjan.
  3. Golden temple is also called as Hari Mandir or Darbār Sāhib.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore