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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.

Aachara villada naalige

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Aachaaravillada Naalige
Composer: Sri Purandaradasa

Translated by
Sri Chakravarthi Madhusudana

Raag: Darbari Kanada; Taal: Thevra (Hindustani)


aachaaravillada naalige ninna neecha buddhiya biDu naalige
vichaaravillade parara dooShisuvudakke chaachi koNDiruvantha naalige


praataHkaaladoLeddu naalige siri-
patiya neneyabaarade naalige
patitapaavana namma ratipatijanakana
satatavu nuDi kaNDya naalige 1

chaaDi heLalu beDa naalige ninna
beDikombuveno naalige
rooDhigoDeya shree raamana naamava
haaDutaliru kaNDya naalige 2

hariya smaraNe maaDu naalige nara-
hariya bhajisu kaNDya naalige
varada purandara viThThala raayana
charaNakamalava nene naalige 3


Give up your lowly attitude, O Undisciplined Tongue!
You are ever ready to blame other people without thinking.

First thing in the morning, O Tongue, should you not
Remember the consort of Lakshmi?
Look Tongue, constantly utter the names of
Redeemer of the fallen, the Father of Rati’s husband

O Tongue! I beg of you
Please do not backbite
Keep singing, O Tongue
The names of Sri Rama, ruler of the world

Keep Hari in mind, O Tongue, and
Worship Narahari by chanting
Meditate upon the lotus feet of
Purandara Vithala, the benevolent master.