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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 purāṇas are generally grouped under the all-comprehensive term ‘smṛtis’. They contain a lot of material useful to the common masses to educate both of them in the spiritual and in the secular fields.

The Liñgapurāna, considered as an important work of the Śaiva sects, has been classified among the Mahāpurāṇas or the major purāṇas. It might have been composed between CE 600 and 1000. The total number of verses as per the different editions varies from 6000 to 11,000. As available now, the book is in two parts and has about 9000 verses. The number of chapters is 108 in the first part and 55 in the second part.

A Sanskrit commentary by Gaṇeśa Nātu, named as Śivatosinī has been printed. The contents are variegated.


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

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