New Delhi, December 5, 2016: An event has been organised by the Indic Academy wherein Koenraad Elst will be delivering a talk on the topic ‘Hinduism- Source of Indian Pluralism’. The event will be held by the Indic Academy on 5 December 2016 in Sri Siddanta Hall, Chennai.
Belgian-origin scholar of Indology, Dr. Koenraad Elst is well-known for his vast studies on the Hindu religion, Hindu-Muslim relations and Indian history. His works and achievements include a research stay in the prestigious BHU (Kashi Vishwavidyalaya), original fieldwork for a doctorate on Hindu nationalism, which he obtained magna cum laude in 1998, earned laurels and ostracism with his findings on hot topics like Islam, multiculturalism and the secular state, the Indo-European roots, the Ayodhya temple/mosque dispute and Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy.
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He has also left his imprints in the area of religion where he combined human sympathy with substantive skepticism. He also published on the interface of religion and politics, correlative cosmologies, the dark side of Buddhism, the reinvention of Hinduism, technical points of Indian and Chinese philosophies, various language policy issues, Maoism, the renewed relevance of Confucius in conservatism, the increasing Asian stamp on integrating world civilization, direct democracy, the defence of threatened freedoms and the Belgian question. Indic Academy is holding this knowledgeable talk with a mission to preserve, protect and promote Indic civilisational identity, thoughts, and values. To achieve its mission, it seeks to transform thinkers, nurture networks and promote platforms.
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According to Swarajya, “Indic Academy aims at transforming 2,020 public intellectuals into authors and scholars by the year 2020.” Indic Academy has a proud part in itself ie. Indic Book Club, a horizontal multi-city network and two vertical networks, Indic Economic Network and Indic Law Network. The academy is also looking forward to launching other vertical networks in the areas of activism, arts and scholarship. It is also promoting multiple platforms for academics, activists, artists and authors to express themselves.
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