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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.

Gaja Vadana

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Gaja Vadana beduve


Sage Purandara Dasa

Translated by


Raga Bhoopali


Gaja Vadana Beduve Gowri Thanaya
Trijaga Vanditane Sujanara Porevane


Pashankusha Dhara Parama Pavithra
Mooshika Vahana Muni Jana Prema


Modhadhi Ninnaya Padhava Thoro
Sadhu Vandhi Thane Aadhara Dindhali
Sarasijanabha Sri Purandara Vittalana
Nirutane Nayuvante Dhaya Maado

English translation


Of elephant faced god , Oh Son of Parvathi,
Oh God worshipped by all the three worlds,
I am asking you for the good of all good people


He who holds a rope and a goad,
He who is extremely pure,
He who rides on a mouse,
He who is dear to sages


I hold your feet, offer Modhaka and worship you as a support,
And so show mercy immediately to Purandara the devotee of Vishnu.

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