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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.

Uthiramerur Sri Balasubramanyar

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Saravanan Iyer


This is another ancient temple in Uthiramerur. Beautifully spread on vast area, this temple Balasubramanya Temple for Lord Muruga is another attraction here. According to sources, this temple dates back to the 8th Century. The Murthy here is a Swayambu (self evolved). Built by Jeyam Konda Chozhan, this temple has a very rarest feature. You can witness Peacock as the ‘Vaaganam’ (Carrier) for Lord Muruga in all his temples. But here, Elephant stands as the Vaaganam for Lord Muruga which is rare of its kind in Murugar Temples.

The Deity Sri Balasubramanyar is about 5-6 ft tall, well decorated and gracefully blesses the visiting devotees. Other deities are Pillaiyar, Lord Shiva, Skandhar, Shanmugar, Navagrahas etc., There is a beautiful Temple Pond in front of the temple. The outside Praakaram so vast with Dhwajasthambha and the whole gives a divine feeling with many ancient sculptures standing testimony for the architectural excellence of our ancestors. This temple is situated just adjacent to Sri Sundara Varadharaja Perumal Temple and very close to the Bus Stand.