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Colonial Discourse and the Suffering of Indian American Children is now published after academic peer-review and available through open access.

In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences that Indian American children face after they are exposed to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We show that there is an intimate connection―an almost exact correspondence―between James Mill’s ( a prominent politician in Britain and head of the British East India Company) colonial-racist discourse and the current school-textbook discourse. Consequently, this archaic and racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces in the Indian American children the same psychological impact as racism is known to produce: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon similar to racelessness where the children dissociate from the tradition and culture of their ancestors

This book is an outcome of 4 years of rigorous research as a part of our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within Academia.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Antarāla literally means ‘that which exists in between’.

Temples or houses of God, have been in existence since a long time. The earliest of the temples as we see them today might have been built during the third or fourth centuries A. D. The most important part of the temple is the sanctum sanctorum known as garbhagṛha, the ‘womb House,’ housing the image of the deity.

Antarāla is the narrow passage that connects this garbhagṛha to the large hall or pavilion, called maṇdapa which is normally used for congregational religious acts. This antarāla is also called ardha- maṇdapa or śukanāsi.

In temple symbology, the antarāla represents the neck of the deity, if the whole temple complex represents the body of the deity.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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