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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 Ardha Nareeswara

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Translated by P. R. Ramachander

Lord Shiva has given half his body to his consort Goddess Parvathi. This form of God has half of its bode as Shiva and the other half Goddess Parvathy.

Ambho dhara syamala kundalayai,
Tadith prabha thamra jada daraya,
Nireeswarayai, nikhileswaraya,
Nama sivayai cha Nama shivaya

Salutations to the consort of Shiva,
And salutations to the Lord Shiva,
To her who has long shining black hair,
To Him who has thick,woven copper coloured tuft,
To her who is beyond all Gods,
And to Him who is the God of all universe.

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