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What parameters are used to classify Jains Sikhs Buddhists etc as Non-Hindu?

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  • For Dharma, Vedas are main Shastras, everything else we see in Dharma is derived from Vedas. And whichever religion rejects Vedas can not be part of Sanatana Dharma. That's how we should distinguish other religions from Dharma.
    – TheLittleNaruto
    May 30 '20 at 10:09
  • see "Introduction" 4th paragraph - wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/brahma-sutras/d/doc62756.html May 30 '20 at 13:32
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    @sv., the answers on said website are ambiguous. They do not explain why sikhism is Non-hindu. I want a finite set of conditions to qualify as a hindu.
    – carpe diem
    Jun 1 '20 at 6:57
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    This is a good question. IMO it boils down to self-identification as Hindu. Sikhism incorporates the doctrine of karma whereas Lingayats, who identify as Hindu albeit of late clamouring for a minority status, reject the notion of karma (apart from rejecting Vedas, Upanishads, Shruti, Smriti etc).
    – iruvar
    Jun 1 '20 at 16:51
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    The reason for the confusion is, there is no central authority in Hinduism, so everyone has their own definition and even within Christianity, there is no single acceptable definition (e.g., see this). So it appears there are as many definitions of a Christian as many sects/beliefs there are. Same with Hinduism. But for the purposes of this question, the authority of Vedas can be assumed to be a necessary condition. Otherwise a Christian occasionally reading the Bhagavad Gita can also claim to be Hindu. @iruvar Jun 1 '20 at 19:21

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