Hindu Students Council

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Hindu Students Council (also known as HSC) is an organization of Hindu students in the United States of America and Canada. According to its website, it serves as an "international forum that provides opportunities to learn about Hindu heritage through various activities, events and projects."[1] It is an independent non-profit organization under 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3).[citation needed]

The HSC was set up in 1990 with support from the Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America, a constituent member of the right-wing[2] Sangh Parivar; its current association with that body is a matter of some debate,[3] though it says that it became fully independent in 2003.[4] Prior to its separation from its parent organization, it was considered to be the student-wing of the VHP.[5][6][7][8] In 2011, Hindu Students Council was awarded a Readers' Choice Award for Best Hindu Organization in an online vote held by About.com.[9]


  1. ^ http://www.hscnet.org Hindu Students Council - Registration for Annual Camp now Open
  2. ^ Kaur, Raminder (2003). Performative Politics And The Cultures Of Hinduism: Public Uses of Religion in Western India. London: Permanent Black.
  3. ^ Roof, Wade Clark. Contemporary American Religion. Macmillan. p. 305.
  4. ^ http://www.hscnet.org/fact.php
  5. ^ Rajagopal, Arvind (2001). Politics After Television: Religious Nationalism and the Reshaping of the Indian Public. Cambridge University Press. p. 257.
  6. ^ 2003 Yearbook, the Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics
  7. ^ "The Struggle for India's Soul", Mira Kamdar, World Policy Journal.
  8. ^ "Negotiating Hindu Identities in America", by Diana Eck, in The South Asian Religious Diaspora in Britain, Canada, and the United States Raymond Brady Williams, Harold G. Coward, John Russell Hinnells eds., State University of New York Press, 2001, p.234.
  9. ^ http://hinduism.about.com/od/basics/ss/The-Best-In-Hinduism-2011-Readers-Choice-Awards_2.htm