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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.

Ganapathi Sthavam

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Translated by P. R. Ramachander

Abheepsithartha sidhyartham poojitho yassurair api,
Sarva vignaschidhe thasmai Ganathipadaya nama., 1

Salutations to Him, who is the chief of Ganas,
Who is being worshipped even by devas,
For fulfillment of their desires,
And who cuts off all obstacles.

Gananam adhipaschando gajavakthrasthrilochana,
Preetho bhavatu may nithyam varadatha vinayaka., 2

Be pleased with me daily,
Oh Vinayaka, who is the giver of boons,
Who is the chief of all ganas,
Who is ferocious,
Who has a face of an elephant,
And who has three eyes.

Gajananam ganapathim gunanamalayam param,
Thamdevam girijasoonum vandeham amararchidham., 3

I worship he who is worshipped by devas,
Who has an elephant face,
Who is the chief of ganas,
Who is the storehouse of all that is good,
Who is that which is beyond,
And who is the son of Goddess Parvathi.

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