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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 Swami Harshananda

Guha in Rāmāyana[edit]

Guha was the chieftain of the forest tribes living at Sṛṅgaverapura and a friend of Daśaratha, Rāma’s father. Guha hosted Rama, entertaining him with love and affection, and helped Rāma, Sītā and Lakṣmaṇa to cross the Gaṅgā to get to its southern bank at the beginning of Rama's 14 years of exile.

When Rāma was staying at the Citrakuta mountain, Bharata arrived to the forest with his army to take him back. Suspecting that he must have come to harm Rāma, Guha prepared his men to fight with Bharata if necessary. However, after learning of his real motive, Guha regretted his hasty action, entertained Bharata and his army and helped them to cross the river Gaṅgā.

Guha, son of Śiva and Pārvatī[edit]

Guha is the son of Śiva and Pārvatī and the commander-in-chief of the army of the gods. It is also one of the names of Subrahmaṇya known by other names such as:

  1. Skanda
  2. Śaravaṇabhava
  3. Kumāra
  4. Saṇmukha


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