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Koenraad Elst

Koenraad Elst

Dr. Koenraad Elst earned his Ph.D., from the Catholic University of Leuven based on his research on the ideological development of Hindu revivalism. Author of more than a dozen books on Indian society and politics, he has worked in political journalism and as a foreign policy assistant in the Belgian Senate. He has also published about multiculturalism, ancient Chinese history and philosophy, comparative religion, and language policy issues. In the ongoing Aryan homeland debate he has played a key role.

Equal Rights for Hindus: The Time is Now
Commentaries

Equal Rights for Hindus: The Time is Now

Koenraad Elst- September 22, 2020

Secularists will claim that as a majority, the Hindus owe the minorities something. But in a secular state, there is no such thing as a ... Read More

The Chinese self-designation Hua and the root-word Ᾱrya
Archives, Indology

The Chinese self-designation Hua and the root-word Ᾱrya

Koenraad Elst- April 13, 2017

Summary of a paper about the meaning and origin of the epithet Ḥarya -- Ᾱrya in East Asia. Read More

The Andronovo cradle of the Indo-Iranians?
Archives, Indology

The Andronovo cradle of the Indo-Iranians?

Koenraad Elst- May 31, 2016

In 2006, the late Russian archaeologist Elena Kuzmina wrote a hefty book on the Origin of the Indo-Iranians (Brill, Leiden). No one who is serious ... Read More

Recollections with Sita Ram Goel: Part 3
Archives, Indology

Recollections with Sita Ram Goel: Part 3

Koenraad Elst- January 13, 2016

Clash of Civilizations The now-fashionable expression “clash of civilizations” was already in use in India well before Samuel Huntington gave it currency in the West. ... Read More

Recollections with Sita Ram Goel: Part 2
Archives, Indology

Recollections with Sita Ram Goel: Part 2

Koenraad Elst- January 12, 2016

Sita Ram Goel rarely speculated, he dealt in facts. His closeness to basic facts was to provide a refreshing contrast with the free-for-all of history-writing ... Read More

Recollections with Sita Ram Goel: Part 1
Archives, Indology

Recollections with Sita Ram Goel: Part 1

Koenraad Elst- January 11, 2016

Sita Ram Goel wasn’t a diplomat, and his rule of thumb was: talk straight to scoundrels, avoid contact with fools. Read More