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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

Tamil is one of the oldest languages of the world with a rich ancient literature. Avvaiyār (also spelt as ‘Auvaiyār’) is one of the outstanding poetess of the ancient period, as well-known as Tiruvalluvar.[1]

Information about her is very meagre. According to the popular stories she was one of the seven children of Ādi, a lowcaste woman, and Bhagavān, a brāhmaa.

Scholars who have studied the poems attributed to Avvaiyār have come to the conclusion that there were two or perhaps more poetesses of the same name living in different periods of history.

  1. The first belonged to the Sañgam period (2nd cent. A.D.). King Ādiyamān had given her a high and honored place. About 59 poems of this period are available now. Apart from literary grace, these poems showcase the character of the people that made the country great.
  2. The second Avvaiyār, a follower of the Śaiva saint Sundaramurti, might have lived in the last part of the 8th cent. A. D.
  3. The third was a contemporary of the famous Kamban (12th cent. A. D.). Poems of this Avvaiyār extol the greatness of the householder’s life, agriculture and acquiring knowledge. Importance of māna or honor in a person's life is very well emphasized in these poems. Ethical works attributed to Avvaiyār apart from the songs are :
    • Mudurai
    • Atticcudi
    • Nalvali
    • Kosaraivendan


  1. Most well-know poet
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore