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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

Kāmeśvara literally means ‘lord of desires’.

Origin of the Word Kāmeśvara[edit]

‘Ka’ is the first consonant of Sanskrit alphabets. "K" represents him along with his Śakti or spouse represented by "A". ‘Kāma’ in the word ‘Kāmeśvara’ suggests the cosmic urge to find an expression outside.

Significance of Kāmeśvara[edit]

Kāmeśvara is one of the several forms of śiva. He is the male counterpart or spouse of Kāmeśvarī, the goddess especial in the ritualistic worship of the Śrīcakra.

Attributes of Kāmeśvara[edit]

  • He stands for this phenomenal world as the presiding deity.
  • He is also the principle governing our consciousness.
  • He especially governs our kāma or desires.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore