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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 Sastha (Iyappa)

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

Translated by P. R. Ramachander

Dharma Sastha and his incarnation Iyappa, who is the son of Shiva and Vishnu is one of the most poupular Gods of Kerala. His temple is in Sabarimalai.

Loka Veeram, Maha poojyam, sarvam raksha karam vibhum,
Parvathy hrudayanandam, Sastharam Pranamamyaham.

My salutations to Sastha,
Who is the hero of the world,
Who is the one who is the greatest,
Who is the Lord who protects every thing,
And who gives pleasure to the mind of Parvathy

Vipra poojyam, Viswa vandhyam, Vishnur shambho priyam Sutham,
Kshipra prasada niratham Sastharam Pranamamyaham.

My salutations to that Sastha,
Who is woshipped by realized souls,
Who is saluted by the world,
Who is the darling son of Vishnu and Shiva,
And who can always be easily pleased.

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