Koenraad Elst

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Koenraad Elst at Varanasi

Koenraad Elst (7 August 1959) is a Belgian author, orientalist and Indologist. Elst is known for his writings in support for the Out of India theory.[1] This is a controversial idea that the Indo-European language family originated in India.

Elst was born in Leuven, Belgium on 7 August 1959.[2] He studied Indology, Sinology and philosophy. His family was Flemish Catholic.[2] He earned a Ph.D. from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium). Elst is known for his views on the Indo-European culture and languages.

Works[change | change source]

  • Ram Janmabhoomi vs. Babri Masjid. A Case Study in Hindu-Muslim Conflict. Voice of India, Delhi 1990. (A large part of this book is included in Vinay Chandra Mishra and Parmanand Singh, eds.: Ram Janmabhoomi Babri Masjid, Historical Documents, Legal Opinions & Judgments, Bar Council of India Trust, Delhi 1991.)
  • Ayodhya and After: Issues Before Hindu Society, 1991.
  • Negationism in India: Concealing the Record of Islam. Voice of India. 1992. ISBN 81-85990-01-8.
  • Indigenous Indians: Agastya to Ambedkar. Voice of India. 1993. ISBN 9788185990040.
  • Psychology of Prophetism - A Secular Look at the Bible. 1993. ISBN 81-85990-00-X.
  • Dr. Ambedkar - A True Aryan. 1993. ISBN 9788185990132.
  • BJP vis-à-vis Hindu Resurgence. 1997. ISBN 81-85990-47-6.
  • The Demographic Siege. 1997. ISBN 81-85990-50-6.
  • Update on the Aryan Invasion Debate Aditya Prakashan (1999) ISBN 81-86471-77-4
  • Decolonizing the Hindu Mind - Ideological Development of Hindu Revivalism. Delhi: Rupa & Co. 2001. ISBN 81-7167-519-0.
  • The Saffron Swastika - The Notion of Hindu Fascism. (2001) ISBN 81-85990-69-7
  • Gandhi and Godse - A review and a critique. Voice of India. 2001. ISBN 81-85990-71-9. (transl: Pourquoi j’ai tué Gandhi, examen critique de la défense de Nathuram Godse par Koenraad Elst, Les Belles Lettres)
  • Who is a Hindu?. 2001. ISBN 81-85990-74-3. [1]
  • Ayodhya: The Case Against the Temple. Voice of India. 2002. ISBN 81-85990-75-1.
  • Ayodhya, The Finale - Science versus Secularism the Excavations Debate (2003). Voice of India. ISBN 81-85990-77-8
  • Return of the Swastika: Hate and Hysteria Versus Hindu Sanity. Voice of India. 2007. ISBN 9788185990798.
  • The Argumentative Hindu. Essays by an Unaffiliated Orientalist (Aditya Prakashan 2012)

References[change | change source]

  1. Mukhtar Ahmed, Ancient Pakistan - An Archaeological History, Volume IV (Foursome Group, 2013), p. 412
  2. 2.0 2.1 Maanoj Rakhit, Arise Arjun Awaken my Hindu Nation (Mumbai: Maanoj Rakhit, 2007), p. 177