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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

Prabhāsa literally means ‘a place that shines brilliantly’.

Prabhāsa, also known as Prabhāsa Paṭṭaṇa, is an ancient and famous place of pilgrimage containing the renowned Somnāth Temple. It is situated in the Kathewar region of Gujarat State in the western India. During the days of the Mahābhārata, it was a well-known and flourishing city. The Pāṇḍavas had visited this place of pilgrimage, since it was at the confluence of the three holy rivers Hiraṇyā, Kapilā and Sarasvatī which joined the sea here. Arjuna, the famous Pāṇḍava hero, abducted Subhadrā[1] with his help. On this place, the Yādava race exterminated itself by infighting after which Balarāma and Śrī Kṛṣṇa gave up their bodies.

There is a small temple, built in the recent years maybe on the ruins of an old one at the spot where Śrī Kṛṣṇa is said to have given up his physical body. There are a few other temples here dedicated to Mahākāla,[2] Gaṇeśa and Balarāma. Purāṇas like the Skānda extol its greatness in hyperbolic terms. For instance:


  1. Subhadrā was the sister of Śrī Kṛṣṇa.
  2. Mahākāla is a form of Śiva.
  3. Candra means Moon- god.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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