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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.

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From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Prākāra literally means ‘surrounding wall’.

A temple is often surrounded by a high wall or enclosure called ‘prākāra’. It is like a fort protecting the temple. Built of such materials as stone or brick or even wood, it often contains the gopurams or main entrance gates which may vary from number one to four. The Śrīrangam temple of Ranganātha in Tamil Nadu has seven prākāras. The prākāra may also provide accommodation for the shrines of parivāradevatās[1] of the main god. In the prākāras of old temples, artistically carved designs and even inscriptions have been found. In the Sāñkhāyana Śrautasutras,[2] it denotes a walled mound supporting a raised platform called prāsāda for spectators. The word is sometimes used to denote the fourth court of a big house or temple generally divided into five courts or areas.


  1. Parivāradevatās means attendant deities.
  2. Sāñkhāyana Śrautasutras 16.18.14
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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