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.
He has also done extensive research on Islam and has written many articles and books unraveling the mysteries of that enigmatic religion.
You may obtain more details about his life and work from his web site.
His health is in bad shape presently. He is fighting for his life in a hospital at Antwerp, Belgium. He needs a heart transplant very badly. If you like to lend a hand, please send an email to his brother or sister at Jeroen.Elst at clt.kuleuven.be or kristien.elst at skynet.be.
Please do your bit to the cause of Hinduism by helping him!
- There is more nothing than something!
- Dr. Koenraad Elst – an appeal