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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.

Aadiya Padame

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Aadiya Padame

Gopalakrishna Bharathi

Translated by

Ragam asaveri
Thalam Mishra Chapu


Aadiya padame gathi yendru yengum,
Thediyum kangilen padhi avan

Nadu pugazhndhidum Thillai Chidambara,
Nadhan sabhai thulanga veda geetham muzhanga

Bhakthiye arul yendru varum dasan-
Gopala Krishnan thozhum natarajan,
Shakthi Shivakami magizh nesan-sarva,
Sakshiyay nirainthidum jagatheesan,
Vethi perugiya madanai vendravan,
Vedan echilai vari undavan,
Athi malayai marbil kondavan,
Anchezhuthu uruvagi nindravan..

English translation

Thinking that the dancing feet is my only redemption,
I could not find his city in spite of search everywhere

For The shining of the stage of the Lord of Chidambaram (thillai),
Which is praised all over the world, where the chant of Vedas is heard

For the king of dances who is worshipped by Gopala Krishna,
Who is convinced that devotion only is grace,
The one who gives joy to Goddess Shakthi in the form of Shiva kami,
The lord of the world who is witness to everything,
The one who won over the victorious God of love,
The one who swallowed the leftover food of the hunter,
The one who wears the fig garland on his chest,

And the one who stood as the five lettered Namasivaya,