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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.

Chakkani Raja Margamu

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Chakkani raja Margamu


Saint Thyagaraja

Translated by


Raga Karaharapriya
Thala AAdhi


Chakkani raja margamu undaga,
SAndhula doraneelee Oh Manasa


Chikkani paalu mee gada undaga,
Cheeyanu gangasagara mele.


Kantiki Sundara taramagu roopame,
Mukkanti noda chelage naamame,
Thyagarajinthane nelakona deivamee,
Itu vanti Sri Saketha Ramuni Bhakthiyane.

English translation


When there is a pretty royal highway,
Why travel in narrow streets, Oh mind.


When you have thick tasty milk available,
Firmly say no to the hateful toddy.


When the eyes feast of his very pretty form,
When Lord Shiva repeats his name,
When that God is living with Thyagaraja
And when you have this type of devotion to Rama of Ayodhya,
Why travel in narrow streets

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