Welcome to Koenraad Elst's Indology Site

Dr. Koenraad Elst was born in Leuven, Belgium, on 7 August 1959, into a Flemish (i.e. Dutch-speaking Belgian) Catholic family. He graduated in Philosophy, Chinese Studies and Indo-Iranian Studies at the Catholic University of Leuven. During a stay at the Benares Hindu University, he discovered India's communal problem and wrote his first book about the budding Ayodhya conflict. While establishing himself as a columnist for a number of Belgian and Indian papers, he frequently returned to India to study various aspects of its ethno-religio-political configuration and interview Hindu and other leaders and thinkers. His research on the ideological development of Hindu revivalism earned him his Ph.D. in Leuven in 1998. He has also published about multiculturalism, language policy issues, ancient Chinese history and philosophy, comparative religion, and the Aryan invasion debate.


BOOKS


Ayodhya and After: Issues Before Hindu Society
Negationaism in India - Concealing the Record of Islam
Psychology of Prophetism - A Secular Look at the Bible
Update on the Aryan Invasion Debate
Ayodhya: The Case Against the Temple
BJP vis--vis Hindu Resurgence
The Demographic Siege
Who is a Hindu?
Ayodhya, The Finale - Science versus Secularism the Excavations Debate

BOOK REVEIWS


An Atlantis in the Indian Ocean - a Review of Stephen Oppenheimer's "Eden in the East"
Review of Thomas Blom Hansen's "Saffron Wave"
The Official Pro-Invasionist Argument at Last - a Review of Invasionist Arguments in J. Bronkhorst and M. M. Deshpande's (eds.) "Aryan and Non-Aryan in South Asia"
The Genesis of India according to Bernard Sergent - A Review
The Rigveda in Afghanistan? A Review of Rajesh Kochhar's "The Vedic People"
In Love with a Pagan -- A review of Lata Pimplaskar's Light of Lights

INTERVIEWS


An Interview with Koenraad Elst by Ramesh Rao on Sulekha.com, 19 August, 2002
A brief interview of Elst in The Pioneer
Interview that appeared in the online version of The Outlook on 13 October 2001

DUTCH ARTICLES


Vijand binnen de poorten
In memoriam Aleksandr Zinovjev
De domheid van de Vlaamse rechterzijde
Heidense mythen, mythen over het heidendom
Het VB en de islam
Wat is racisme?
Beeldenstorm in Afghanistan
De fatwa tegen Urbain Vermeulen
De islam, hoelang nog?
De Islam voor Ongelovigen
De grootste demokratie ter wereld
De verkiezingen in India
De vermaledijde goeroes
Dialoog tussen Kruis en Wessende Maan
Het geval Savitri Devi
Nieuws uit kasjmir
Rechtzetting bij jet Boek der Veranderingen
Sati en andere zelfdoding
Sekten in Belgie
Vlanderen, Kasjmir, Tsjetsjenie, Kosovo *Het ene separatisme is het andere niet
Ahinsaa
De eeuwige ordening in het Morgenland
Links ontdekt het conservatisme

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ARTICLES

ARYAN INVASION

Aryan Invasion Theory and Politics: The Case of David Duke
The Vedic Evidence - The Vedic Corpus Provides no Evidence for the so-called Aryan Invasion of India
Linguistic Aspects of the Aryan Non-Invasion Theory
    1. 
Part I
    2.
Part II
Astronomical Data and the Aryan Question
Linguistic Aspects of the Indo-European Urheimat Question
The Vedic Harappans in Writing
Zydenbos vs. Rajaram: A Case Study in the Aryan Invasion Polemic
The Politics of the Aryan Invasion Debate
Savarkar, Hinduness and the Aryan Homeland

AYODHYA DEBATE


The Ayodhya Evidence Debate
    1.
Part I
    2.
Part II
Found and Lost: The Ayodhya Evidence
The Ayodhya Debate: Focus on the 'No Temple' Evidence
BJP Retreat from Ayodhya (Part 1)
BJP Retreat from Ayodhya and Two Campaign Themes for Future (Part 2)
Why did Aurangzeb Demolish the Kashi Vishvanath ?
Harsha of Kashmir, a Hindu Iconoclast?
From Ayodhya to Nazareth
Why Pushyamitra was more 'Secular' than Ashoka
What if Rajiv Gandhi hadn't unlocked the Babri Masjid in 1986?
The Details about "Hindu Iconoclasm"

CHRISTIANITY


The Use of Dalits and Racism in Anti-Hindu Propaganda
The Problem of Christian Missionaries
Father Rasschaert's Martyrdom
Sarna: A Case Study in Natural Religion
Salvation: Hindu influence on Christianity

ISLAM


Wahi: the Supernatural Basis of Islam

Was There an Islamic Genocide of Hindus?
Afterword: The Rushdie Affair's Legacy
Paki Come Home !
A Lasting Solution for Kabul and Srinagar

HINDUISM AND OTHER RELIGIONS


Hindus and Neo-Paganism
India's Only Communalist - a Short Biography of Sita Ram Goel
Ram Swarup (1920-1998) - Outline of a Biography
The merits of Lord Macaulay
   

"HINDU FASCISM"


Petty Professorial Politicking in The Indo-Aryan Controversy
The Strange Case of Savitri Devi
Was Guru Golwalkar a Nazi?
Was Veer Savarkar a Nazi?
The eternal return of Nazi nonsense: Savitri Devi's last writings
"Hindu fascism" and the BJP Government
The Struggle for India's Soul  - A reply to Mira Kamdar
Mahatma Gandhi's letters to Hitler
New Age Fascism: Review of an Exercise in Marxist Defamation
Hinduism, Environmentalism and the Nazi Bogey -- A preliminary reply to Ms. Meera Nanda
The religion of the Nazis
Disowning Golwalkar's We
   

SECULARISM,COMMUNALISM AND NATIONALISM


India, a Superpower in the Third Millennium B.C. - and A.D.
A Reply to Robert Hathaway (In Rediff.com, August 30- September 3, 2002)
A Tale of Two Murders: Yitzhak Rabin and Mahatma Gandhi
Learning from Mahatma Gandhi's mistakes
Let's combat communalism
Gujarat After Godhra : Real Violence, Selective Outrage

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