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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

Characteristics of Suryanārāyaṇa[edit]

Surya, the Sun-god, is said to be pervaded by Viṣṇu or Nārāyaṇa in his aspect as Trivikrama. His characteristics can be described as follows:

  • He is a Vedic deity.
  • He is invoked in the solar orb at the time of the sandhyā ritual.
  • He is visualized as seated on a lotus-seat and is of golden color.
  • He has a beautiful crown on his head, armlets and ear-rings in the form of makaras.[1]
  • He holds the śaṅkha[2] and cakra[3] in his hands.


  1. Makaras means crocodiles.
  2. Śaṅkha means conch.
  3. Cakra means discus.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore