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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

Origin of the Word Aṃśukam[edit]

The word aṃśukam derives from aṃśun. The suffix used here is ‘ka’. In the other word aṃśubhiḥ the suffix used is ḍa.

Aṃśukam as per Medinīkośa[edit]

The meanings according to Medinīkośa are:

  1. Cloth
  2. Thin cloth
  3. The cloth used as the upper garment

Aṃśukam as per Ramānātha[edit]

Ramānātha, a commentator on the Amarakośa, defines the word as a white cloth.

Aṃśukam as per Rājanighaṇṭu[edit]

The Rājanighaṇṭu denotes it to be ‘a lower garment’.


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