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Colonial Discourse and the Suffering of Indian American Children is now published after academic peer-review and available through open access.

In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences that Indian American children face after they are exposed to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We show that there is an intimate connection―an almost exact correspondence―between James Mill’s ( a prominent politician in Britain and head of the British East India Company) colonial-racist discourse and the current school-textbook discourse. Consequently, this archaic and racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces in the Indian American children the same psychological impact as racism is known to produce: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon similar to racelessness where the children dissociate from the tradition and culture of their ancestors

This book is an outcome of 4 years of rigorous research as a part of our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within Academia.

Aadiya Padathai

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Aadiya padathai

Gopalakrishna Bharathi

Translated by

Ragam Asaveri
Thalam Thisram

Aadiya padathai tharum, Ummai,
Thedi vanden , idho parum parum

Nadu pugazhndu thozhum Shivakami manoharane , thillai,
Natarajare, umathu kayai vidamatten kanum parum

Paathiramallavo Balakrishnan pani harane, Chidambara,
Kshethra darasisaname veedu cherkum yendru ariyeno,
Mathirai pozhudum ummai marakka yen manathu ,
Varathu yendru ariveer, thothiram panna matten,
Adilenna sukham , ambalam thanil kanum

English translation

Give me your dancing feet ,
See, see, I have come in search of you.

Oh stealer of the mind of Shivakami whom the world praises,
Oh king of dance of Chidambara, see, I would not leave your hand

Oh Hara , is not Balakrishna’s job is of becoming your devotee,
Do I not know that seeing temple of Chidambaram would lead to salvation,
Do you not know that my mind cannot forget you even for a second,
I would not praise you for I do not find pleasure in it of seeing you in the temple.