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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

Vāmana is the fifth avatāra or incarnation of Lord Viṣṇu. The concept of Vāmana as Trivikrama is very ancient. It is found in the Vedas.[1] Iconographical works describe him as a short-statured brahmacāri[2] with two arms holding a chatra,[3] daṇḍa[4] and kamaṇḍalu.[5] He wears a kaupina[6] and has a śikhā[7] on his head. Several varieties of Vāmana, such as Dadhi-vāmana and Viśva-vāmana, are sometimes mentioned in some works of tantra. Vāmana also figures in the list of 24 aspects of Viṣṇu.


  1. Śaṭapatha Brāhmana 1.1.5
  2. Brahmacāri means Vedic student.
  3. Chatra means umbrella.
  4. Daṇḍa means staff.
  5. Kamaṇḍalu means water-pot.
  6. Kaupina means loin cloth.
  7. Śikhā means tuft of hair.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore