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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.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By M. A. Alwar

Aṃśabhāk literally means ‘a recipient of a share of the property’.

Origin of the Word Aṃśabhāk[edit]

The derivation of this word is obtained by adding the suffix ‘aṃśakaḥ’ to the root ‘bhaj’ preceeded by the word ‘aṃśa’. Aṃśaṃ bhajate iti |

Aṃśabhāk as per Baudhayana[edit]

According to Baudhāyana "The twice-born belonging to the three castes should do the offering of sacred water to the ancestors in rivers across which dams have not been built." This belief is prevalent because feel that in such rivers, the owner of the dam is said to have rights over the usage of the water of the rivers.

References in Penance Principles[edit]

Aṃśabhāk is related to the atonement principles also. This can be indicated from the verse in the literature.[1]


  1. “स्रवन्तीष्वनिरुद्धासु त्रयो वर्णा द्विजातयः । प्रातरुत्थाय कर्त्तव्यं देवर्षिपितृतर्पणं” ॥निरुद्धासु न कुर्व्वीरन्नंशभाक् तत्र सेतुकृत् ।
  • Shabdakalpadrumah by Raja Radhakantdev, Varadaprasada Vasu, Haricarana Vasu