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Koenraad Elst is a Belgian orientalist, writer and researcher[1]. He has authored fifteen books on topics related to Hinduism, Indian history, and Indian politics. Orientalism is the study of Near and Far Eastern societies and cultures, by Westerners. ... Hinduism (Sanskrit: , , also known as , ) is a religion that originated on the Indian Subcontinent. ... Prehistory The prehistory of India goes back to the old Stone age (Palaeolithic). ... Executive President Vice-President Prime Minister Deputy Prime Minister The Union Ministries Legislative Parliament Rajya Sabha Chairman of the Rajya Sabha Lok Sabha Speaker of the House Judicial Supreme Court Chief Justice of the Supreme Court High Courts District Courts Constitution Fundamental Rights and Directive principles Regions States and territories...

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Major parties

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Defunct parties

Hindu Mahasabha
Bharatiya Jana Sangh
Ram Rajya Parishad
Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, a Hindu nationalist organization, was originally founded in 1915 to counter the Muslim League and the secular Indian National Congress. ... Bharatiya Jana Sangh is the old name of Bharatiya Janata Party of India. ... Ram Rajya Parishad (), Sanskrit, Forum of Ramas Kingdom, was a traditionalist Hindu party in India. ...

Ideas

Integral humanism
Hindu nationalism
Hindutva
Uniform civil code
Integral humanism is the political philosophy practised by the Bharatiya Janata Party and the former Bharatiya Jana Sangh of India. ... Hindu nationalism is the political and cultural expression, histriographical and political theories of Indian nationalism distinctive to Hindu society in India, which asserts being Hindu as not merely a religious identity, but a national identity. ... Hindutva (Hinduness, a word coined by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar in his 1923 pamphlet entitled Hindutva: Who is a Hindu? ) is used to describe movements advocating Hindu nationalism. ... now. ...

Major figures

Bal Gangadhar Tilak
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
Syama Prasad Mookerjee
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Lal Krishna Advani
Bal Thackeray
Bal Gangadhar Tilak (1856 - 1920), was an Indian nationalist, social reformer and freedom fighter who was the first popular leader of the Indian Independence Movement. ... Vinayak Damodar Sarvakar Vināyak Dāmodar Sāvarkar (May 28, 1883 – February 27, 1966), (Devanāgarī: विनायक दामोदर सावरकर) was an Indian revolutionary and Hindu nationalist political leader, who is credited with developing a Hindu nationalist political ideology he termed as Hindutva (Hinduness). ... Syama Prasad Mookerjee (also spelled as Shyama Prasad Mukherjee) (July 6, 1901 – May 23, 1953) was the founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. ... Atal Bihari Vajpayee (Hindi: , pronunciation: ) (born December 25, 1924) was the Prime Minister of India in 1996 and again from October 13, 1998 until May 19, 2004. ... Lal Krishna Advani Lal Krishna Advani (Devanagari: लाल कृष्ण आड़वाणी) also known as Lal Kishenchand Advani (born November 8, 1927/1929, Karachi, Pakistan) was the President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) until year-end 2005 and is Leader of the Opposition in the 14th Lok Sabha. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not include all significant viewpoints. ...

Independent authors

Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay
Koenraad Elst
Francois Gautier
Sita Ram Goel
K.S. Lal
Arun Shourie
Ram Swarup
Bankim Chandra Chatterjee Bankim Chandra Chatterjee (b. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Sita Ram Goel (सीता राम गोयल) (1921 - 2003), author and publisher, is an important figure amongst late 20th century Hindu thinkers. ... K.S. Lal is a controversial Indian historian. ... Arun Shourie Arun Shourie (born 1941) is a prominent journalist, author, and politician of India. ... Ram Swarup (राम स्‍वरूप) (1920 - December 26, 1998) was an influential ideologue for the Hindutvamovement. ...

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He was born in Leuven, Belgium, on 7 August 1959, into a Flemish Catholic family. He graduated in Indology, Sinology and Philosophy at the Catholic University of Leuven. Leuven   (French Louvain, German Löwen) is the capital of the province of Flemish Brabant in Flanders, Belgium, European Union. ... August 7 is the 219th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (220th in leap years), with 146 days remaining. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flemings (Dutch: Vlamingen) are inhabitants of Flanders in the widest sense of the term, i. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... The Catholic University of Leuven, founded in 1425, is now the names of two Belgian universities, after the original university split in 1968: the Dutch-speaking Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, and the French-speaking Universit catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium This is a disambiguation page — a...


During a stay in India and at the Benaras Hindu University between 1988 and 1992, he interviewed many Indian leaders and writers.[2] He wrote his first book about the 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. He also met the Hindu writer Sita Ram Goel in India, and was influenced by his writings. His research on the ideological development of Hindu revivalism earned him his Ph.D. in Leuven in 1998. He has also written about multiculturalism, language policy issues, ancient Chinese history and philosophy, comparative religion, and the Aryan invasion debate. Dr. Elst became a well-known author on Indian politics in the 1990s. Benaras Hindu University was founded by Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya (Malviyaji) through the establishment of three engineering and technological institutions: the Benaras Engineering College (BENCO) in 1919, the College of Mining and Metallurgy (MINMET) in 1923, and the College of Technology (TECHNO) [at what year?]. These institutions offered degrees... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Sita Ram Goel (सीता राम गोयल) (1921 - 2003), author and publisher, is an important figure amongst late 20th century Hindu thinkers. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Multiculturalism is an ideology advocating that society should consist of, or at least allow and include, distinct cultural groups, with equal status. ... Many countries have a language policy designed to favour or discourage the use of a particular language or set of languages. ... China is the worlds oldest continuous major civilization, with written records dating back about 3,500 years and with 5,000 years being commonly used by Chinese as the age of their civilization. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Comparative religion is a field of religious studies that analyzes interpretive differences of common themes and ideas among the worlds religions. ... Proto-Indo-European Indo-European studies The Aryan invasion theory is a historical theory first put forth by the German Indologist Friedrich Max Müller and others in the mid nineteenth century in order to provide a historical explanation for the existence of Indo-European languages in India. ...


Opinions

Elst has written at length about fascism and totalitarianism in India and the West. His book The Saffron Swastika analyses the rhetoric of "Hindu fascism". He argues that "while one should always be vigilant for traces of totalitarianism in any ideology or movement, the obsession with fascism in the anti-Hindu rhetoric of the pseudo-secularists is not the product of an analysis of the data, but of their own political compulsions."[3] According to him, the current tendency to accuse Hindu movements of “fascism” is nothing but a "replay of an old colonial tactic."[4] Totalitarianism is a typology employed by political scientists, especially those in the field of comparative politics, to describe modern regimes in which the state regulates nearly every aspect of public and private behavior. ... The Saffron Swastika: This book was published by Koenraad Elst in 2001. ... Fascism is a radical political ideology that combines elements of corporatism, authoritarianism, nationalism, militarism, anti-anarchism, anti-communism and anti-liberalism. ... Anti-Hindu propaganda launched by Fundamentalist sects of Christianity Anti-Hindu prejudice is a negative perception against Hinduism, Hindus and Indian or Hindu culture. ... Rhetoric (from Greek ρήτωρ, rhêtôr, orator, teacher) is the art or technique of persuasion, usually through the use of language. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... In general, the word colonial means of or relating to a colony. In United States history, the term Colonial is used to refer to the period before US independence. ...


He seems not to have changed his religion, for he said: "I am neither a Hindu nor a nationalist. And I don’t need to belong to those or to any specific ideological categories in order to use my eyes and ears." [5] And he wrote: "However, I do readily admit to being a “fellow-traveller” of Dharmic civilization in its struggle for survival against the ongoing aggression and subversion by well-organized hostile ideologies." [6]. Further on the New Age theme, he also has stated that the pagans of Europe look to Hinduism for guidance[7] To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Pagan may refer to: A believer in Paganism or Neopaganism Bagan, a city in Myanmar also known as Pagan Pagan (album), the 6th album by Celtic metal band Cruachan Pagan Island, of the Northern Mariana Islands Pagan Lorn, a metal band from Luxembourg, Europe (1994-1998) Pagans Mind, is... Hinduism (Sanskrit: , , also known as , ) is a religion that originated on the Indian Subcontinent. ...


Controversies and Influences

Elst stated in 1999 to be a member of the Christian-Democratic trade-union[8]. He described himself as "a secular humanist with an active interest in religions, particularly Taoism and Hinduism, and keeping a close watch on the variegated Pagan revival in Europe."[9] Elst was also involved for some years in the leftist and in the New Age movement.[10] [11] In the 1990s he became interested in the European Neopagan movement, and has written for some Neopagan publications until 1998.[12] Taoism (sometimes written as and actually pronounced as Daoism(dow-ism)) is the English name for: Dao Jia [philosophical tao]philosophical school based on the texts the Tao Te Ching (ascribed to Laozi [Lao Tzu] and alternately spelled Dào Dé Jīng) and the Zhuangzi; a family of organized... Hinduism (Sanskrit: , , also known as , ) is a religion that originated on the Indian Subcontinent. ... Neopaganism or Neo-Paganism [1] is any of a heterogeneous group of new religious movements, particularly those influenced by ancient, primarily pre-Christian and sometimes pre-Judaic religions. ... Neopaganism (sometimes Neo-Paganism, meaning New Paganism) is a heterogeneous group of religions which attempt to revive ancient, mainly European pre-Christian religions. ...


Elst has published in English and Dutch. He contributed for example to the conservative magazine Nucleus [13]. He is also a contributor to the "conservative-libertarian" internet magazine The Brussels Journal, the Flemish satirical weekly 't Pallieterke and other Belgian & Dutch publications. He has also written for mainstream Indian magazines like Outlook India. He wrote a postcript to a book written by American neoconservative, US government think tank convener and "middle-east scholar" Daniel Pipes ("The Rushdie Affair: The Novel, the Ayatollah, and the West"). He has also been accused of connections to the Vlaams Blok by Sanjay Subrahmanyam (a professor at University_of_California,_Los_Angeles) in the Times of India, [14] and has contributed with other interventions described by Prof. R. Zydenbos on his homepage as emanating from right-wing circles in Belgium[15]. On the ideological side, K. Elst's interest into modern Indian nationalism make his works, referred authors and developments take place in the general framework of nationalist and reformist ideologies that appeared in India in the late 19th century and in the beginning of the 20th century.[16][17] The Brussels Journal is a Belgian conservative blog, founded and edited by Paul Belien. ... t Pallieterke is a satirical Flemish weekly. ... 1 July 2002 Cover Page Outlook is an Indian weekly English newsmagazine in publication since October 1995. ... Daniel Pipes Daniel Pipes (born September 9, 1949) is an American neoconservative[1] columnist, author, counter-terrorism analyst, and scholar of Middle Eastern history. ... Note that Flemish Block turned themselves into Flemish Interest (Vlaams Belang) since their condamnation in 2004 The Flemish Block (Dutch: Vlaams Blok) was a Flemish far-right nationalist political party which rejects the state of Belgium, calling for political independence for the Flemish half of the country. ... The University of California, Los Angeles, generally known as UCLA, is a public, coeducational university whose main campus is in the residential area of Westwood, Los Angeles, California. ...


Bibliography

  • Dr. Ambedkar - A True Aryan (1993)
  • Ayodhya, The Finale - Science versus Secularism the Excavations Debate (2003) ISBN 81-85990-77-8
  • Ayodhya: The Case Against the Temple (2002) ISBN 81-85990-75-1
  • Ayodhya and After: Issues Before Hindu Society (1991) [4]
  • BJP vis-à-vis Hindu Resurgence (1997) ISBN 81-85990-47-6
  • Decolonizing the Hindu Mind - Ideological Development of Hindu Revivalism, Rupa, Delhi (2001) ISBN 81-7167-519-0
  • The Demographic Siege (1997) ISBN 81-85990-50-6
  • Indigenous Indians: Agastya to Ambedkar, Voice of India (1993)
  • Gandhi and Godse - A review and a critique ISBN 81-85990-71-9
  • Negationism in India - Concealing the Record of Islam (1992) ISBN 81-85990-01-8
  • Psychology of Prophetism - A Secular Look at the Bible (1993) ISBN 81-85990-00-X
  • Ram Janmabhoomi vs. Babri Masjid. A Case Study in Hindu-Muslim Conflict. Voice of India, Delhi 1990.
  • The Saffron Swastika - The Notion of Hindu Fascism. (2001) ISBN 81-85990-69-7
  • Update on the Aryan Invasion Debate Aditya Prakashan (1999) ISBN 81-86471-77-4
  • Who is a Hindu? (2001) [5] ISBN 81-85990-74-4
  • Linguistic Aspects of the Aryan Non-Invasion Theory, In Edwin Bryant and Laurie L. Patton (editors) (2005). Indo-Aryan Controversy: Evidence and Inference in Indian History. Routledge/Curzon. ISBN 0-7007-1463-4.
  • The Rushdie affair's legacy. Postcript to Daniel Pipes: The Rushdie Affair: The Novel, the Ayatollah, and the West (1990), Transaction Publishers, paperback (2003) ISBN 0-7658-0996-6
  • Gujarat After Godhra : Real Violence, Selective Outrage/edited by Ramesh N. Rao and Koenraad Elst. New Delhi, Har-Anand Pub., 2003, 248 p., ISBN 81-241-0917-6.
  • “The Ayodhya demolition: an evaluation”, in Dasgupta, S., et al.: The Ayodhya Reference, q.v., p. 123-154.
  • “The Ayodhya debate”, in Pollet, G., ed.: Indian Epic Values. Râmâyana and Its Impact, Peeters, Leuven 1995, q.v., p. 21-42. BJP Hindu Resurgence. Voice of India, Delhi 1997.
  • The Ayodhya debate: focus on the "no temple" evidence, World Archaeological Congress, 1998
  • India's Only Communalist: In Commemoration of Sita Ram Goel (edited by Koenraad Elst, 2005) ISBN 81-85990-78-6
  • The Rushdie Rules Middle East Quarterly, June 1998

Ayodhya, the Finale - Science versus Secularism the Excavations Debate is a book by Koenraad Elst published in 2003. ... Decolonizing the Hindu Mind - Ideological Development of Hindu Revivalism is a book by Koenraad Elst. ... The neutrality of this article is disputed. ... The Saffron Swastika: This book was published by Koenraad Elst in 2001. ... Update on the Aryan Invasion Debate is a book by Koenraad Elst. ... Who is a Hindu? is a book by Koenraad Elst published in 2001. ... Daniel Pipes Daniel Pipes (born September 9, 1949) is an American neoconservative[1] columnist, author, counter-terrorism analyst, and scholar of Middle Eastern history. ... The Middle East Forum, a think tank, works to define and promote the interests of the United States in the Middle East. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Elst
  2. ^ Elst, K. Negationism in India
  3. ^ Ayodhya and After: Issues Before Hindu Society (1991)
  4. ^ Was Veer Savarkar a Nazi? [1]
  5. ^ Elst interview
  6. ^ Voice of Dharma review
  7. ^ Pondering Pagans Hinduism Today - September/October 2001
  8. ^ Article from bharatvani.org
  9. ^ bharatvani.org op. cit.
  10. ^ Hinduism, Environmentalism and the Nazi Bogey
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ Hinduism, Environmentalism and the Nazi Bogey
  13. ^ bharatvani.org op.cit.
  14. ^ Sanjay Subrahmanyam in the Times of India, August 22, 2006
  15. ^ See "some more reading matter about Dr. K. Elst" by Prof. R. Zydenbos in his Angelfire page [3].
  16. ^ For a description of the rising of reformist ideologies in India see René Guénon "Introduction To The Study Of The Hindu Doctrines", chapter "Vedanta Westernized".
  17. ^ See, among other references, Alexandre de Danaan "Bo Yin Ra, de la Taychou Marou au Grand Orient de Patmos" Arche Editions, Milano, 2004, pp 83-85.

Angelfire, an Internet venture offering free space for Web sites, was long known for providing advertising-free hosting, was later bought by search engine company Lycos. ... René Guénon (later also Sheikh Abd al-Wahid Yahya, name given to him upon his embracement of Islam) (Blois, France November 15, 1886 - Cairo, Egypt January 7, 1951) was a French-born author. ...

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