Hindu Social Organization - A Study of the Socio-Psychological and Ideological Foundations

Hindu Social Organization - A Study of the Socio-Psychological and Ideological Foundations

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Author: Kamala Subramaniam
Publisher: Popular Prakashan
Year: 2010
Language: English
Pages: 389
ISBN/UPC (if available): 81-7154-206-9


An attempt, probably the first one of its kind, to discover the essentials of Hindu social thought and organization from a wide variety of sources.

This study is an attempt towards constructing a picture of the Hindu social organization and institutions from the point of view of their socio-psychological foundations and implications. The author thinks out and follow along the lines of the Hindu thought and tradition and to portray and interpret, both analytically and synthetically, the Hindu scriptures and theories in their proper and original perspective and setting.

The book has been received with acclaim by a number of very important scientists in India as well as in Europe and America. The presentation helps greatly in a true understanding of the Hindu social psychology and institutions. It is a comprehensive, systematic and integrated exposition of a very difficult subject. It is not only a pioneering attempt but has still remained unsurpassed.


A scientific account . . With accurate learning and great discrimination . . We are today in the midst of a Hindu Renaissance waiting for a new Smriti . . This book provides us with a key to it. - Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

To us in the West. . This book is a great boon. . An objective account of the Indian way of life. . Solid exposition . . Ought to help in bringing about the urgently needed understanding between East and West . . Splendid book. - C W Allport, Harvard University

Material which one cannot get elsewhere and which will be most useful in our own work . . A scholarly and erudite examination of the major institutions in Indian society . . Should help greatly in correcting persistent misconceptions in the West. - David Krech, University of California at Berkley


Pandharinath H Prabhu studied at the University of Bombay and later in the Universities of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Columbia in USA; in Cambridge University in England; and in the Centre d'Etudes et Recherches Psychotechniques in Paris, France. He taught at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bombay; at Gujarat University where he was the first Director if its School of Psychology; as Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Pennsylvania State University and several other.