He graduated in Philosophy, Chinese Studies and Indo-Iranian Studies at the Catholic University of Leuven. He studied at the Banaras Hindu University in India. During a stay at the Benares Hindu University, he wrote his first book about the Ayodhya conflict. His research on the ideological development of Hindu revivalism earned him his Ph.D. in Leuven in 1998. 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 has analyzed all the prominent world religions including Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. His conclusions about them are derived not only based on what the religious source materials and scriptures of these religions say but also based on the actual behavior of the adherents of these religions and on the events in contemporary history associated with these religions.
He has also written extensively in his own native language viz. Duch. This is however beyond my purview.
Dr Elst has also written extensively about the distorted view-point prevalent among some Western thinkers and some scholars in India, about the culture and civilization of India in his book the Update on the Aryan Invasion Debate. He asserts that all evidence points to the fact the Indo-European language family originated in India and spread to Europe and not vice versa.
He also talks about the real truth about what really happened in the Ayodhya Temple:- Ayodhya and After, The case against the Temple, Ayodhya, The Finale. What worries people like me who do research on the scriptures is the blatant lies that are propagated by some historians in this regard. Even scientists working in ASI (Archeological Survey of India) were tarnished and their reputation damaged for trying to tell the truth. These lies are exposed in these books (in fact a series of books).
Many of the works of Dr. Elst are found in the web site named Bharat-vani (Voice Of India). He also writes short articles in blog-spot. I have created a search-engine to search into most of the writings of Dr. Koenraad Elst. I guess this search tool will be useful for all people who researches on world religions, Indology, Aryan Invasion Debate as well as on the contemporary history of ancient Indian cities like Ayodhya.
Below is a custom search-engine created to search Dr. Elst's extensive works available online.
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