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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

Aṇṇamācārya (A. D. 1424-1503) of Tāllapākam village in the Cuddapah district of Andhra Pradesh a saint who was not only a great scholar in Sanskrit and Telugu languages but also an inspired composer of devotional poetry.

He was born to Nārāyaṇa Sṅri and Lakṣmamma in an orthodox brāhmaṇa family. He settled down at Tirupati, a renowned place of pilgrimage, even in early youth. Having taken initiation in the Śrīvaiṣṇava tradition from one Viṣṇusvāmin he then studied Vedānta under the then pontiff of the Ahobila Maṭha, Śrī Śaṭhagopa Yatīndra. He also gained mastery over the Tamil Prabandhams. He had great devotion to Lord Veṅkaṭeśvara, the presiding deity of Tirupati.

It is said that he used to sing everyday in the early morning before the deity. Even on the last day of his life he did so and then got merged in Him. According to some popular lores, Purandara Dāsa (A. D. 1484-1564), the musician-saint of Karnataka, is said to have met him at Tirupati and got inspiration from him to compose songs in the vernacular as exercises in music lessons.

Aṇṇamācārya’s compositions had been inscribed on copper plates and preserved in the temple of Veñkateśvara for posterity. Among his works in Sanskrit are Veñkatācala-māhātmyam and Sañkīrtana- laksanam. The Telugu works include Dvipada-Rāmāyana, Śrñgāramañjarl and Veñkateśa-śataka, apart from about 12,000 kīrtanas or songs.


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