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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.

Jai Ganesha, Jai Ganesha Deva

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Translated by P. R. Ramachander

This is a soulful prayer on Ganesha in Hindi, in the normal lines of Aarathi. But since Ganesha is not a very popular God in places north of Maharashtra, it appears as if it is written there or in the northern Karnataka where Hindi and Ganesha are popular

Jal Ganesha, Jal Ganesha, Jal Ganesha Deva
Matha Jaaki, Parvati Pita Mahadeva,
Ladduvan Ka Bhog lage,Sant Karen Seva
Ek Dant Dayavant Chaar Bhujaa Dhaari, Jai Ganesh

Victory to Ganesha, Victory to Ganesha, Victory to God Ganesha
Whose mother is Parvathi and whose father is Lord Shiva,
The saints do your worship by offering you Laddus,
Oh merciful God with one tusk and four hands,

Maathe Sindoor Shoye Muse Ki Savaaree,
Haar Chadhe Phool Chadhe Aur Chadhe Mevaa,
Andhen Ko Aankh Det Khodeen Ko Khaaya,
Baanjhan Ko Putra Det Nirdhan Ko Maaya, Jai Ganesh

Who has put a sindhoor and rides on a mouse,
I offer him garlands, I offer him flowers, and I offer him milk sweets
Who gives eye to the blind and health to the lepers,
Who gives a child to the barren and wealth to the poor.

Deenan Kee Laaj Raakh Shambhu Sutwaaree
Kamna ko pure karo Jag Bal hair
Jal Ganesha, Jal Ganesha, Jal Ganesha Deva

The Son of Shambu, please take care of this poor man,
Fulfill his wants, Oh God who does good to the world.
Victory to Ganesha, Victory to Ganesha, Victory to God Ganesha

Tan Man sab tera, sab kuchh hai tera,
Tera tujhko Arpan, kyaa laagey mera. Om Jay......
Jal Ganesha, Jal Ganesha, Jal Ganesha Devaa 4

My body and mind are yours and all that is known is yours,
I completely give myself to you, and there is nothing that is mine
Victory to Ganesha, Victory to Ganesha, Victory to God Ganesha