Koenraad Elst

Koenraad Elst

Koenraad Elst (born 7 August 1959) is a Belgian writer and orientalist (without institutional affiliation). He was an editor of the New Right Flemish nationalist journal "Teksten, Kommentaren en Studies" from 1992 to 1995, focusing on criticism of Islam, various other conservative and Flemish separatist publications such as "Nucleus", "'t Pallieterke", "Secessie" and "The Brussels Journal".Having authored fifteen English language books on topics related to Indian politics and communalism, Elst is one of the few western writers actively defending right-wing Indian politics (along with François Gautier).


Elst was born in Leuven, Belgium into a Flemish Catholic family. Some of his family members were Christian missionaries or priests. [ [http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/chr/missionaries.html The Problem of Christian Missionaries ] ] He graduated in Indology, Sinology and Philosophy at the Catholic University of Leuven. He then obtained a Ph.D. from the same university. The main portion of his Ph.D. dissertation on Hindu revivalism and Hindu reform movements eventually became his book "Decolonizing the Hindu Mind". Other parts of his Ph.D. thesis were published in "Who is a Hindu" and "The Saffron Swastika". He also studied at the Banaras Hindu University in India. Several of his books on communalism and Indian politics are published by the controversial Voice of India publishing house [Michael Witzel, 'Rama's Realm: Indocentric rewriting of early South Asian archaeology and history' in: Archaeological Fantasies: How Pseudoarchaeology Misrepresents the Past and Misleads the Public Routledge (2006), ISBN 0415305934, p. 205.] .

In his twenties, he participated in the New Age movement, worked in a New Age bookstore and organized New Age events [ [http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/politics/marxism.html New Age Fascism: Review of an Exercise in Marxist Defamation] ] , although he later seemed to depart from New Age groups [ [http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/politics/bogey.html Hinduism, Environmentalism and the Nazi Bogey] ] . In the 1990s he became interested in the European Neopagan movement: he co-edited the neo-fascist TEKOS journal [http://www.geocities.com/vlaamsbedrog/waw/tekos_waw.html] from 1992, together with "pagan high priest" Koenraad Logghe, whom he joined at the "World Congress of Ethnic Religions [http://wcer.org/members/sasia/india/definitions.htm] .

During a stay at the Banaras Hindu University between 1988 and 1992, he interviewed many Indian leaders and writers. [Elst, K. Negationism in India] 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.

In 1989, Elst met Sita Ram Goel after reading Goel's book "History of Hindu Christian Encounters". Elst later sent Goel a manuscript of his first book "Ram Janmabhoomi Vs. Babri Masjid: A Case Study in Hindu Muslim Conflict". Goel was impressed with Elst's script: "I could not stop after I started reading it. I took it to Ram Swarup the same evening. He read it during the night and rang me up next morning. Koenraad Elst's book, he said, should be published immediately."Sitam Ram Goel, "How I became a Hindu". ch.9] In August 1990, L. K. Advani released Koenraad Elst's book about the Ayodhya conflict at a public function presided over by Girilal Jain. ["Ayodhya and After: Issues Before Hindu Society" (1991) Footnote 64]

His research on the ideological development of Hindu revivalism earned him his Ph.D. at Leuven in 1998. He has also written about multiculturalism, language policy issues, ancient Chinese history and philosophy, comparative religion, and the Aryan invasion debate. Elst became a well-known author on Indian politics during the 1990s in parallel with the BJP's rise to prominence on the national stage. He describes himself as an independent scholar. ["So, Mr. Ghosh may be the Director of the Indian Council of Social Science Research, but as an independent scholar I am not impressed by such titles and positions." "Ayodhya and After: Issues Before Hindu Society" (1991)]

Elst says that his language has "softened and become more focused on viewpoints rather than groups of people such “the” Muslims or the Marxist historians." [Koenraad Elst. "Who is a Hindu?" Chapter Four ] He writes that he has reoriented his scholarly interests towards more fundamental philosophical studies and questions of ancient history, rather than questions in the centre of contemporary political struggles. ["Ayodhya, The Finale - Science versus Secularism the Excavations Debate" (2003) ISBN 81-85990-77-8]


Religion and politics

When in early 2007, Buddhist organisations in Belgium disclosed that they were applying for the status of a recognized religion on the same basis as agnosticism, Koenraad Elst started a campaign against that recognition, using his blog and public speeches in cultural centres [ [http://www.astrovdm.com/voorbije.htm De duistere zijde van het boeddhisme.] Complete text, in Dutch, of the speech and photo: [http://www.astrovdm.com/KEDuistereZijdeBoeddhisme.htm] .] . He openly used Maoist sources (mostly dealing with the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism) to discredit the Buddhist application.

At the end of March 2008, Koenraad Elst ridiculed Hugo Claus's decision to commit euthanasia, claiming that it was influenced by the purple agnostic lobby to embarrass the Roman Catholic Church [ [http://www.brusselsjournal.com/node/3126 De Apotheose van Claus] ] .

Nouvelle Droite and Vlaams Belang

Elst actively contributes to nationalist New Right Flemish publications, and has shown sympathy to the Nouvelle Droite movement since the early 1990s. He has sometimes criticised that movement in relation to particular topics. He said that the collaborationist aspects of the careers of two Belgian writers were covered up in Nouvelle Droite articles, and that he suspected that "its critique of egalitarianism in the name of 'differentialism' could at heart simply be a plea against equality in favour of inequality, Old-Right style". [http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/fascism/Nazi5Poewe1.html The religion of the Nazis]

However, his endorsement with the Nouvelle Droite is still active:

Wisely or unwisely, I have not taken my scepticism to be a reason for any active hostility to the Nouvelle Droite people, some of whom I count as friends... Time permitting, I accept invitations from that side, so that I spoke at their conference in Antwerp in 2000, if only as a stand-in for an announced speaker who had cancelled at the last minute for health reasons (Pim Fortuyn, no less, the Dutch liberal sociology professor who criticized Islam, subsequently went into politics, and ended up murdered by a leftist). [http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/fascism/Nazi5Poewe1.html The religion of the Nazis]

Jan De Zutter criticized Elst for being too close with the Vlaams Belang, as in June 1992, Koenraad Elst gave a speech directed against Islam at the Vlaams Blok Colloquium where the party proposed its first version of its 70 point anti-immigration policy [Jan De Zutter "Heidenen voor het blok - Radicaal rechts en het moderne Heidendom" (Heathens in favour of the Blok - the radical Right and modern Heathenism), ISBN 90 5240 582 4 (Published by Uitgeverij Houtekiet, Antwerpen / Baarn; 2000), p 17] Elst said that he spoke there because it was the only party where the "problem of Islam" was brought up, but that he also explicitly said that he did not agree with the party's solution for that problem, and disapproved of their xenophobia. [http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/dutch/isvb.html Het VB en de islam] He stated that the VB can not be and was never his party because of its xenophobia and ethnocentrism. [ Wat is racisme? [http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/dutch/watisracisme.html] ] Since this event, he has often been accused of being the party's specialist on Islam and its link with the new Pagan Movement.Fact|date=December 2007 Though he himself denies any affinity to the party program, [ [http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/dutch/isvb.html] Het VB en de islam - Koenraad Elst, published in Nucleus, october-november 2001] he admits to "lukewarm" sympathy for the Flemish cause (of independence). [ [http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/dutch/separatisme.html] Vlaanderen, Kasjmir, Tsjetsjenië, Kosovo... Het ene separatisme is het andere niet ("Flanders, Kashmir, Chechnya, Kosovo: one separatism does not equal another") - Dr. Koenraad Elst, published in Secessie, Antwerpen, 2001] Lucas Catherine contrasted Elst's viewpoint with the viewpoint of Filip Dewinter, who according to him could not have been very happy with Elst's opinion that not Muslims, but Islam, is the problem. [Lucas Catherine - Vuile Arabieren, p.81, quoted at [http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/dutch/isvb.html] Het VB en de islam - Koenraad Elst]


Some of his books or articles contain harsh criticisms of Islam as a whole (among others "Wahi: the Supernatural Basis of Islam", "From Ayodhya to Nazareth", an article written in the form of an open letter to the Pope and Indian church Bishop Alan de Lastic, whom Elst calls "Your Eminences", and in which he invites them to ask Muslims for repentance towards Christians, or "Ayodhya And After", a book in which he dwelves into the realm of establishing a purported link between Ayodhya and the conflict between Palestinians and Israel -section 2.2 "Jerusalem and Ayodhya"-, not an isolated attempt in some far-right European movements; similarly, section 13.2 of that book is called "Islam and Nazism"). More precisely, Elst argues often that "not Muslims but Islam is the problem". [ [http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/reviews/saffronwave.html Book Review - Saffron Wave ] ] [ [http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/politics/PolSec03AyubKhan1.html Let's Combat Communalism] "Koenraad Elst--Sangh Parivar's Apologist", a review of "Decolonizing the Hindu Mind": Ideological development of Hindu Revivalism (Rupa, Delhi 2001), by Ayub Khan in Communalism Watch, 13 March 2003] . His views on Islam are markedly in line with neoconservative and pro-Israel think-tank such as the Middle East Forum, to which he has contributed [http://www.meforum.org/article/395] .

Belgian journalist Paul Belien has reported that Elst thinks that "Islam is in decline, despite its impressive demographic and military surge" – which according to Elst is merely a "last upheaval."

Hinduism and Indian politics

In many of his books , Elst displays sympathy for the Hindutva movement, while making some secondary criticisms about particular points. For instance he claims, "there is no intellectual life in this Hindutva movement". ["Ayodhya and After: Issues Before Hindu Society" (1991) Chapter Fifteen] He claims that Hindutva advocates have not developed a "wellfounded coherent vision on a range of topics which any social thinker and any political party will have to address one day", and that there is as yet very little original or comprehensive work being done in the Hindutva movement. ["Ayodhya and After: Issues Before Hindu Society" (1991) Chapter Fifteen] According to Elst, "Hindutva is a fairly crude ideology, borrowing heavily from European nationalisms with their emphasis on homogeneity. Under the conditions of British colonialism, it was inevitable that some such form of Hindu nationalism would arise, but I believe better alternatives have seen the light, more attuned to the genius of Hindu civilization." [ [http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/politics/PolSec03AyubKhan1.html Let's Combat Communalism] ] . Sometimes, Elst is critical of Hindutva for not going far enough in its criticism of Islam ["Negationism in India - Concealing the Record of Islam" (1992) ISBN 81-85990-01-8] . He has also criticized fringe Hindutva writers for claiming that the Taj Mahal is a Hindu temple, or for claiming that the Vedas contain all the secrets of modern science. ["Ayodhya and After: Issues Before Hindu Society" (1991) Chapter Fifteen] .

The same pattern also applies with respect to Elst and the RSS. Elst views the RSS as an interesting nationalist movement, while addressing some secondary critics, in which Elst criticizes the RSS for not going far enough in the nationalist realm. For instance, he says that RSS's intellectual output is minimal: "Most of its pamphlets and manifestoes contain a lot of puffed-up patriotism and wailing over the Partition of the Hindu motherland, but little penetrating analysis that could be the basis for imaginative policies and a realistic strategy." ["Negationism in India - Concealing the Record of Islam" (1992) ISBN 81-85990-01-8] Elst has criticized alleged Anti-Hinduism and anti-Hindu biases. Elst writes for example that "when Hindus complain of factual problems such as missionary subversion or Muslim terrorism, it is always convenient to portray this spontaneous and truthful perception as an artefact of "RSS propaganda". [ [http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/politics/bogey.html Hinduism, Environmentalism and the Nazi Bogey -- A preliminary reply to Ms. Meera Nanda] ]

Elst's book "Ram Janmabhoomi vs. Babri Masjid, a Case Study in Hindu-Muslim conflict" (1990) was the first book published by a non-Indian on the Ayodhya debate. ["Ayodhya and After: Issues Before Hindu Society" (1991)] His opinion is that "until 1989, there was a complete consensus in all sources (Hindu, Muslim and European) which spoke out on the matter, viz. that the Babri Masjid had been built in forcible replacement of a Hindu temple." [Koenraad Elst. "Who is a Hindu?" Chapter Nine] He claimed that politically motivated academics have, through their grip on the media, manufactured doubts concerning this coherent and well-attested tradition. ["Ayodhya and After: Issues Before Hindu Society" (1991) Chapter Fifteen] Elst alleges that the anti-Temple group in the Ayodhya conflict have committed serious breaches of academic deontology and says that the "overruling of historical evidence with a high-handed use of academic and media power" in the Ayodhya controversy was the immediate reason to involve himself in the debate. [Koenraad Elst. "Who is a Hindu?" Chapter Eleven ]

Elst's book "Negationism in India" makes the case that the Islamic history in India is being whitewashed. He claims that there is a larger effort to rewrite India's history and to whitewash Islam. He says that the goal and methods of this alleged history rewriting is similar to the denial of the Nazi holocaust, and that in India jihad negationists are in control of the academic establishment and of the press. [Negationism in India - Concealing the Record of Islam (1992) ISBN 81-85990-01-8] Elst's book "The Saffron Swastika" proposes an examination of the rhetoric of "Hindu fascism". He argues that "objective outsiders are not struck by any traces of fascism in the Hindutva movements, let alone in the general thought current of anti-imperialist Hindu awakening. 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 secularists is not the product of an analysis of the data, but of their own political compulsions." ["Ayodhya and After: Issues Before Hindu Society" (1991)]

In an article, he writes that the current tendency to accuse Hindu movements of “fascism” is nothing but a "replay of an old colonial tactic." [Was Veer Savarkar a Nazi? [http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/fascism/savarkarnazi.html] ] On the topic of the "Indigenous Aryans" polemic within Hindu nationalism, Elst writes

"One thing which keeps on astonishing me in the present debate is the complete lack of doubt in both camps. Personally, I don’t think that either theory, of Aryan invasion and of Aryan indigenousness, can claim to have been “proven” by prevalent standards of proof; even though one of the contenders is getting closer. Indeed, while I have enjoyed pointing out the flaws in the AIT statements of the politicized Indian academic establishment and its American amplifiers, I cannot rule out the possibility that the theory which they are defending may still have its merits." [Update on the Aryan Invasion Debate Aditya Prakashan (1999) ISBN 81-86471-77-4]

The Hindu nationalist N.S. Rajaram criticized Elst's book "Asterisk in Bharopiyasthan" because of Elst's alleged agenda of "rescuing Indo-European linguistics from oblivion". [N.S. Rajaram, "This asterisk has no fine prints", Review in "The Pioneer", 18 March 2007] Elst's views on the Aryan Invasion Theory were also criticized by, for example, Hans Hock [ Edwin Bryant and Laurie L. Patton (editors) (2005). Indo-Aryan Controversy: Evidence and Inference in Indian History.] , Edwin Bryant [ The Quest for the Origins of Vedic Culture By Edwin Bryant. Oxford University Press] , George Cardona [The Indo-Aryan Languages By Dhanesh Jain, George Cardona. Routledge] and by Michael Witzel [ Edwin Bryant and Laurie L. Patton (editors) (2005). Indo-Aryan Controversy: Evidence and Inference in Indian History.] .


Elst has published in English and Dutch. He contributed for example to the conservative magazine "Nucleus". [ [http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nucleus_%28tijdschrift%29 Nucleus Nucleus on Dutch Wikipedia] ] [ [http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/dutch/afghanistan.html bharatvani.org op.cit.] ] He is also a contributor to the libertarian-conservative internet magazine "The Brussels Journal", the Flemish satirical weekly 't Pallieterke and other Belgian and Dutch publications. He has also written for mainstream Indian magazines like "Outlook India". He wrote a postscript to a book written by Daniel Pipes ("The Rushdie Affair: The Novel, the Ayatollah, and the West"). He has also published critiques of Islamism in the West [ [http://www.meforum.org/article/395 The Rushdie Rules, by Koenraad Elst, "Middle East Quarterly", June 1998] ] . According to Sanjay Subrahmanyam, he has connections to the far-right Vlaams Blok. [ [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1913851.cms Sanjay Subrahmanyam in the Times of India, August 22, 2006] ]

He has 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." [ [http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/chr/missionaries.html bharatvani.org op. cit.] ]

In his books, articles, and interviews, he describes some of his personnal motivations and interests in Indian nationalism and communalism [ [http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/interviews/sulekha.html Elst interview] ] [ [http://koenraadelst.voiceofdharma.com/reviews/saffronwave.html Voice of Dharma review] ] [ [http://koenraadelst.voiceofdharma.org/articles/fascism/PolSec03AyubKhan1.html Let’s combat communalism ] ] .


Manini Chatterjee, in a review in the "Calcutta Telegraph", called Elst's book "Ramjanmabhoomi vs. Babri Masjid" a "very bad book". [Koenraad Elst "Who is a Hindu?" (2001)] She also said that it was marred by miserably tentative terminology, like "maybe" and "possibly". ["Negationism in India - Concealing the Record of Islam" (1992) ISBN 81-85990-01-8] Paul Teunissen's review of the same book criticizes Elst for the unfavourable portrayal of Syed Shahabuddin. [Koenraad Elst "Who is a Hindu?" (2001)]

Thomas Hansen described Elst as a "Belgian Catholic of a radical anti-Muslim persuasion who tries to make himself useful as a 'fellow traveller' of the Hindu nationalist movement” [Thomas Hansen. "The Saffron Wave". (p.262) http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/reviews/saffronwave.html] Ashis Nandy criticized the alleged dishonesty and moral vacuity of Elst. [A. Nandy ("Creating a Nationality", p.5) http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/interviews/sulekha.html] Meera Nanda has criticized Elst and claimed that he holds Semitic monotheism responsible for the crisis of modernity. [Meera Nanda: "Dharmic ecology and the neo-Pagan international: the dangers of religious environmentalism in India", presented at panel no. 15 at the 18th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, 6-9 July 2004 in Lund, Sweden http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/politics/bogey.html]

Sarvapalli Gopal in the book "Anatomy of a Confrontation" calls Elst "a Catholic practitioner of polemics" who "fights the Crusades all over again on Indian soil". He also says that it is difficult to take serious an author who "speaks of the centuries when there were Muslim rulers in India as a bloodsoaked catastrophe". ["Negationism in India - Concealing the Record of Islam" (1992) ISBN 81-85990-01-8]

Ayub Khan says that Koenraad Elst is the most prominent advocate of Sangh Parivar in the West. He further says: "Such is his importance in Hindutva circles that L.K. Advani quoted him at length while deposing before the Liberhans Commission investigation the demolition of Babri Masjid." In a reply to Ayub Khan, Elst says that he has been critical of the Sangh Parivar in his writings. [ [http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/politics/PolSec03AyubKhan1.html Let's Combat Communalism] “Koenraad Elst--Sangh Parivar's Apologist”, a review of Decolonizing the Hindu Mind: Ideological development of Hindu Revivalism (Rupa, Delhi 2001), by Ayub Khan in Communalism Watch, 13 March 2003.]

Christian Bouchet criticized Elst's book "The Saffron Swastika" for having placed far too much trust in Savitri Devi's autobiography, and for claiming that Savitri Devi was bisexual. [ [http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/fascism/SavitriDevi.html The eternal return of Nazi nonsense: Savitri Devi's last writings] Savitri Devi Mukherji: "Le National-Socialisme et la Tradition Indienne", with contributions by Vittorio de Cecco, Claudio Mutti and Christian Bouchet, published in the series Cahiers de la Radicalité by Avatar-éditions, Paris/Dublin 2004.]

Hindu revivalists have been generally favorable to Elst's work. David Frawley wrote that Elst has a command of political and social issues in India that is unmatched by any western writer and researched in great detail. [David Frawley:"How I became a Hindu". http://www.hindubooks.org/david_frawley/how_i_became_a_hindu/journalistic_work/page9.htm ]

Elst has replied to most of his critics in books or in articles. [For example, Ayodhya-The Case Against the Temple, Asterisk in Bharopiyasthan, http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/politics/PolSec03AyubKhan1.html]


*"Dr. Ambedkar - A True Aryan" (1993)
*Asterisk in Bharopiyasthan, Koenraad Elst, Voice of India
*"Ayodhya, The Finale - Science versus Secularism the Excavations Debate" (2003) ISBN 81-85990-77-8
*"" (2002) ISBN 81-85990-75-1
*"" (1991) [http://koenraadelst.voiceofdharma.com/books/ayodhya/index.html]
* [http://koenraadelst.voiceofdharma.com/books/bjp/index.htm 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
* [http://koenraadelst.voiceofdharma.com/books/demogislam/index.htm 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 (transl: Pourquoi j’ai tué Gandhi, examen critique de la défense de Nathuram Godse par Koenraad Elst, Les Belles Lettres)
*"Negationism in India - Concealing the Record of Islam" (1992) ISBN 81-85990-01-8
* [http://koenraadelst.voiceofdharma.com/books/pp/index.htm 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. (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.)
*Return of the Swastika, Koenraad Elst, Voice of India
*"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) [http://koenraadelst.voiceofdharma.com/books/wiah/index.htm] ISBN 8185990743
*Linguistic Aspects of the Aryan Non-Invasion Theory, In cite book
title=Indo-Aryan Controversy: Evidence and Inference in Indian History
author=Edwin Bryant and Laurie L. Patton (editors)
id=ISBN 0-7007-1463-4

*The Rushdie affair's legacy. Postscript to Daniel Pipes: (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. (adapted from a paper of the International Ramayana Conference and the October 1995 Annual South Asia Conference in Madison, Wisconsin)
*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
* [http://www.meforum.org/article/395 The Rushdie Rules] "Middle East Quarterly", June 1998
*Foreword to: "The Prolonged Partition and Its Pogroms Testimonies on Violence against Hindus in East Bengal (1946-1964)" by A. J. Kamra.
*India's Only Communalist: an Introduction to the Work of Sita Ram Goel. In "Hinduism and Secularism: After Ayodhya", Arvind Sharma (ed.) Palgrave 2001 ISBN 0-33 79406-0
*"Banning Hindu Revaluation", Observer of Business and Politics, 1-12-1993,


See also

*Voice of India
*Michel Danino
*David Frawley
*Robert Spencer
*Ibn Warraq
*Srđa Trifković
*Oriana Fallaci
*Andrew Bostom
*Swapan Dasgupta
*Girilal Jain

External links

* [http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/ Articles and Books by Dr. Elst]
* [http://www.hinduwisdom.info/quotes201_220.htm#Q212 Quotes by Koenraad Elst]
* [http://www.brusselsjournal.com/blog/22 Koenraad Elst at the Brussels Journal]
* [http://www.saveindia.com/an_interview_with_koenraad_elst.htm An Interview With Koenraad Elst]
* [http://www.bjp.org/history/elst-ivw.html Interview with India Currents Magazine, Feb. '96]
* [http://www.hinduismtoday.com/archives/2001/9-10/54-55_pagans.shtml Pondering Pagans] Hinduism Today
* [http://www.tamiloviam.com/unicode/printallt.asp?week=nesakumar1 Tamil translation of his articles on Wahi / வஹி: இஸ்லாத்தின் அமானுட அடிப்படை - ஒரு பார்வை]
* [http://www.indiastar.com/closepet2.htm Review of Koenraad Elst's "Ayodhya and after"]
* [http://communalism.blogspot.com/2003_03_01_communalism_archive.html Criticism and review of Elst's positions on 'revivalism'. "Koenraad Elst--Sangh Parivar's Apologist" by A. Khan] ( [http://koenraadelst.bharatvani.org/articles/fascism/PolSec03AyubKhan1.html reply by Elst] )

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