Quotes by Koenraad Elst on Hinduism

Posted on August 5, 2010


Dr. Koenraad Elst (1959) – Dutch historian, 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. He is the author of several books including The Saffron Swastika, Decolonising The Hindu Mind – Ideological Development of Hindu Revivalism and Negationism in India:Concealing the Record of Islam.

During a stay at the Benares Hindu University, he discovered India’s communal problem and wrote his first book about the budding Ayodhya conflict.

An strong advocate for Hindu revivalism in the West. He writes:

“The struggle of Hindu society is not primarily with the Muslim community. The most important opponents of Hindu society today are not the Islamic communal leaders, but the interiorized colonial rulers of India, the alienated English-educated and mostly Left-leaning elite that noisily advertises its “secularism.” It is these people who impose anti-Hindu policies on Hindu society, and who keep Hinduism down and prevent it from proudly raising its head after a thousand years of oppression.”

“The Hindu fight is not at all with Muslims; the fight is between Hindus anxious to renew themselves in the spirit of their civilization and the state, Indian in name and not in spirit and the political and intellectual class trapped ni the debris the British managed to bury us under before they left.”

“The worst torment for Hindu society today is this mental slavery, this sense of inferiority which Leftist intellectuals, through their power positions in education and the media and their direct influence on the public and political arena, keep on inflicting on the Hindu mind.”

“Pride in being Indian means, for 99%, pride in Hinduism. So, this legitimate pride has to be nourished with broad and in-epth knowledge of Hindu culture, The two enemies of this effort are the pseudo-secularist morbidity that glorifies the destroyers of Hindu culture, and discourages its study altogether…”

“Most Western scholars positively dislike Hinduism when it stands up to defend itself. They prefer museum Hinduism or innocent Gandhian kind of Hinduism, and they readily buy the secularist story that an assertive Hinduism is not the “real Hinduism”.

(source: Ayodhya and After:Issues Before Hindu Society – By Koenraad Elst p. vi – vii and p.83 and 356. Voice of India publication).

Elst notes that Eastern philosophy has appeal in the West these days because “of their aura of rationality and absence of a conflict between science and religion as there is in Islam or Christianity.”

(source: Elst probes, discovers India for himself – newindpress.com).

“Hinduism applauds diversity and consequently accepts that people of different temperaments, circumstances and levels of understanding develop different viewpoints and different forms to express even the same view point. In that sense, it has always paid equal respect to shramanas and brahmanas, to jnana and bhakti etc. It showed samabhava to all traditions which counted as dharma. This respect was never extended to adharma practices and doctrines such as Christianity and Islam, the religions for whose benefit the slogan is used mostly.”

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