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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.

Morning prayer to Subrahmanya

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Translated by P. R. Ramachander

Subrahmanya is the son of Lord Shiva. He killed the demon Sura Padma and was the Commander in chief of the army of Devas.

Shadananam Chandana lepithangam,
Mahorasam Divya mayura vahanam,
Rudrasya soonum Suraloka nadam,
Brahmanya devam saranam prapadye

My salutations to God of Brahma,
Who has six faces,
Whose limbs are coated with sandalwood,
Who is the essence of everything,
Who rides on the holy peacock,
Who is the son of Rudra,
And who is the chief of the world of Devas.

Hey Swaminatha karunakara deena bandho,
Sri parvatheesa muka pankaja padma bandho,
Sreesadhi deva gaa poojitha pada padama,
Vallesanada mama dehi karavalambham.

Oh Lord of Lord Shiva,
Oh store house of mercy,
Oh God who is nearest to the poor,
Oh God who is nearest to the lotus faced Shiva,
Oh God whose feet are worshipped by devas led by Vishnu,
Oh God who is Lord of Valli,
Please give me a helping hand.

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