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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.

Ramachandra Mangalam

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Bhadragiri Ramadas

Translated By P.R.Ramachander

Bhadragiri Ramadas was a great Savant belonging to Andhra Pradesh. He built the Bhadrachalam temple of Rama and funded the construction using funds from the Nizam. Later he was imprisoned and kept in Golkonda fort of Hyderabad. Rama himself interceded on his behalf, paid the money to Nizam and got the saint released.

Ramachandraya Janaka Rajaja manoharaya,
Maamaka abheeshta dhaya mahitha Mangalam.
Kosalesaya Manda hasa dasa poshanaaya,
Vasavadhi vinatha sadwaraya Mangalam., 1

Mangalam to Ramachandra, the pretty Lord of daughter of Janaka,
And to him who fulfills all my desires without fail,
Mangalam to the Lord of Kosala, who encourages his devotees with smile,
And who is saluted by Indra and his subjects.

Charu megha roopaya, chandanadhi charchithaya,
Bhana kataka Shobhithaya bhoori Mangalam,
Lalitha rathna kundalaya, Thulasi vana malikaya,
Jala jagataka dehaya Charu Mangalam., 2

Mangalam to him who is like a pretty cloud, who is coated with sandal paste
And he who shines in his bracelet,
Pretty Mangalam to he who wears pretty gem studded ear studs,
Who wears a garland of Thulasi,
And the one who has a body like lotus.

Devaki suputhraya, deva devo dathamaya,
Pavana guru varaya, sarva Mangalam,
Pundarikakshaya poorna chandra vadanaya,
Andaja vahanaya, Athulya Mangalam., 3

All mangalams to son of Devaki who is a God of devas,
And who is a great pure teacher,
Invaluable Mangalam to him who has lotus like eyes
Who has moon like face and rides on Garuda.

Vimala roopaya, vividha vedantha Vedhyaya,
Sumukha chitha kamithaa subhaga Mangalam,
Ramadasa mrudula hrudaya vasaya,
Swami Bhadra giri varaya divya Mangalam., 4

Pleasing Mangalam to the pure form who is an expert in Vedas and Vedanthas,
Who likes to see mind of people with pretty face,
Divine Mangalam to he who lives in the soft mind of Ramadasa,
And to the God who lives in Bhadrachalam.

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