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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.

Dharma sravana vethake

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Dharma Sravana vetake


Sage Purandara Dasa

Translated by


Raga Karaharapriya


Dharma shravana vetake murkhage


Karma anushtana vansega dhiruva ,
Durmargi etka Brahmana Janma.


1.Konage veena gana videtake,
Manikhyavetake markatge,
Tranavu tolagida hennigethake ,
Katani muthina haravu koralige.

2.Sadu rasannavidetake,
Garthabha udugore sahithale shvananige,
Kadu vratthavahage mai neardu hennina,
Odane bhogipenembabila seyake.

3. Huttu kurudage deepavidetake,
Bharastannigetke kula dharma,
Srushtiyola damage purandara vittlana
Muti bhajipenemba abhilaksha vetake.

English translation


What is the need of hearing about Dharma for a fool.

For those who do not do their duties and rituals,
What is the need of being born as a Brahmin.


1.What is the need of music of Veena to the deaf one,
What is the use of costly gem to a monkey,
What is the use of gem studded necklace ,
For the lady whose strength has been lost.

2.What is the use of tasty food for the saint,
If a donkey shouts , the dog cannot bear,
Do not try o make love to a woman,
Who is punishing her body with strong penances.

3. What is the need of lamp for one who is born blind,
What is the use of caste dharma to one who is banished from it,
What is the use of desire that you would Pray,
Only after you are able to touch Purandara Vittala.

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