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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.

Abheeshta dhayini

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Abeesshta dhayini

Kalyani Varadarajan

Translated by

Ragam Keeravani
Thalam AAdhi

Abheeshta dhayini, Annapoorna dhevi,
Aahladha karee Aadhi Parashakthi

Shubhe, sakala sura sevitha paadhe,
Shuka hashthe, sada shiva sahithe

Visalakshi, visweshwari, Janani,
Kasi pura vasini, Kalyani,
Basamana ikshu dhanda pani,
Dasi, jana sreni, Dakshayani

English translation

She who fulfills our desires, She who is Goddess Annapurna,
She makes us happy , She who is primeval divine power.

She who does good things whose feet is served by all devas,
Who has parrot in her hand and is always with Lord Shiva.

She who has broad eyes , goddess of universe , the mother,
One who lives in Benares, she who is auspicious,
She who is shining and carries a sugar cane ,
She who is the servant of the people and daughter of Daksha,