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The Centre for Civilisational Studies (CCS) at the Rashtram School of Public Leadership, Rishihood University is pleased to announce a special lecture by noted author and Indologist Dr Koenraad Elst on “State of the Discipline: Buddhist Studies”. The lecture, organised by the CCS, will be delivered by Dr Elst in the Audio-Visual room, C-Block, Rishihood University Campus at 11 AM on April 4, 2022. This is an offline event, participation in which will be in-person.
Koenraad Elst (°Leuven 1959) grew up in a Catholic family, as the second of five. His father was a law scholar and civil servant, his mother a teacher turned housewife. He distinguished himself early on as eager to learn and to dissent. After school, he spent a few hippie years doing odd jobs while scouting the spiritualist world. Deciding to put his interests on a firmer basis, he studied at the KU Leuven, obtaining MA degrees in Sinology, Indology and Philosophy. As an independent researcher, he earned both laurels and ostracism with his findings on hot items like Islam, multiculturalism and the secular state, the roots of Indo-European, the Ayodhya temple/mosque dispute and Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy.He also published on the interface of religion and politics, correlative cosmologies, the dark side of Buddhism, the reinvention of Hinduism, non-Sangh instances of Hindu activism, technical points of Indian and Chinese philosophies, various language policy issues, Maoism, the renewed relevance of Confucius in conservatism, the Asian face of World War 2, the increasing Asian stamp on integrating world civilization, direct democracy, the defence of threatened freedoms, and the Belgian question.
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Speaker: Dr Koenraad Elst
Date: April 4,2022
Time: 11:00 AM
Venue: Audio-Visual room, C-Block, Rishihood University Campus