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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

Paraśu literally means ‘that by which the enemies are dismembered,’ ‘a battle-axe’.

The various deities of the pantheon are shown not only with many hands but also with several objects including weapons. One such is the paraśu[1] or the battle- axe. It is generally shown in the hands of the male deities like Śiva and Gaṇeśa and occasionally in the hands of the Devī also. Paraśurāma, considered as one of the ten incarnations of Viṣṇu, had this as his main weapon.



  1. He is also called as khaṇḍaparaśu.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore