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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.

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Āṇḍavan Maṭha

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By Swami Harshananda

Monasteries are also known as maṭhas. The maṭhādhipatis, have played an important role in preserving religion and culture. The bedrock of their spiritual activities are:

One of the maṭhas of recent origin and perhaps less known than its counterparts is the Āṇḍavan Maṭha of Srīraṅgam (Tamil Nadu). The Maṭha belongs to the Srīvaiṣṇava tradition and follow the principles of Vsiśiṣṭādvaita school of Vedānta, originating from Srīmad Gopālācārya Mahādeśikan, also called Tirukkuḍandai Deśikar, during the middle of the eighteenth century, in Kumbhakoṇam (of Tamil Nadu).

He was a man who practiced severe austerities and was known for his great scholastic learning. His three disciples, continued the tradition of this great savant without break. Srinivāsa Mahādeśikan (also known as Periyāṇdavan), the second of them, was as much a yogi of great powers as he was a monk of austerity and learning. The present pontiff, Sri Vedānta Rāmāmija Mahādeśikan (Tirukkuḍandai Āṇdavan) the eighth in the order of succession, was ordained in 1963 and was working hard to spread the message of his predecessors.


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