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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.

Daya leni prathuku yemi

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Daya leni prathu kemi

Sage Thyagaraja

Translated by


Raga Nayaki
Thala Jambai


Daya leni prathukemi
Dasarathee Rama nee


Vayasu nooraina ee,
Vasudane lina kani


Rajadhi Raja rathi raja satha lavanya,
Pooja japamula vela ponduka nedhuda,
Rajilli lokantharanga marmamu thelipee,
Rajiseyani Thyagaraja sannutha neethu.

English Translation


Hey Son of Dasaratha without your kindness,
What is the use of this life.


Even though we live hundred years,
What is the use of this life.


King of kings who is hundred times,
Prettier than the God of love,
You came before me , when I was doing worship,
And told me about secrets of life of this world,
And consoled me , the Thyagaraja.

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