16 June 1971|
Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, India
School or tradition
|Indology, ecology, comparative mythology, evolution, psychology|
Aravindan Neelakandan (Tamil: அரவிந்தன் நீலகண்டன், born 16 June 1971) is an Indian writer. Aravindan belongs to the post-socialist Indian thinkers of cultural evolutionism about Indian ethnogenesis. He is known for the book Breaking India, which he co-wrote with Rajiv Malhotra.
Aravindan Neelakandan was born on 16 June 1971 at Nagar Kovil, Tamil Nadu, India into an academic family. His paternal grandfather was a scholar well versed in the art of Varma ati (Tamil: வர்மக்கலை) of Siddha Marma science. His father N. S. Pillai is a respected Tamil scholar, and has retired as a professor from the Travancore Hindu College in Nagarkoil. His mother is a retired professor of Economics in the same college and was a student leader of anti-Hindi agitation.
Aravindan has started his academic life as a student of agricultural studies, and has master's degree in Psychology from Madras University and in Economics from Madurai Kamaraj University. He is now working with an ecological NGO called Vivekananda Kendra—Natural Resources Development Project—in Kanyakumari, at India's southern tip. His work involves research on traditional rural communities, as well as educating farmers on cost-effective technologies to boost their agricultural output. His personal library includes around 5,000 documents, including books, magazines, journals, and volumnious archives of media reports.
Aravindan began his public presence with his articles on science and Indology in the famous Tamil portal Thinnai.com. He was also a regular contributor of columns to UPI Asia. Apart from his published works, he continues to write columns also in famous Tamil portals Solvanam, Tamil Paper, and Thinnai. His works also appear in the Tamil website Tamil Hindu in which he is an editor. He is also a contributing editor at centreright.in.
Aravindan Neelakandan is one of the mentor of Srishti Madurai which involves academicians and Independent scholars from renowned universities around the world. He organised the launch of "Maraikappata Pakkangal (Hidden Pages) is the first book on Gender variance in Tamil"
Following is a selected bibliography of Aravindan's books in Tamil sorted by the year of first publication.
- 2011. Breaking India: Western Interventions in Dravidian and Dalit Faultlines (co-authored with Rajiv Malhotra) Chennai: Kizhakku Publishers.
- 2010. Castes – New Revelations (co-authored) Nagarkoil: Tamil Hindu Publications
- 2010. God, The Untrusty – The Dharmic Musings. Chennai: Kizhakku Publishers.
- 2010. Hindutva – A Simplified Introduction. Chennai: MiniMax, New Horizon Media Pvt. Ltd.
- 2009. The Wonder Fern Azolla (co-authored with Kamalasanan Pillai)
- 2009. Discoursing the Cultural Heritage – A Compilation from the Dharmic Intellectual Movement (co-authored). Nagarkoil: Tamil Hindu Publications
- 2004. God and 40 Hertz. Chennai: United Writers Publications
The Wonder Fern Azolla and Breaking India are both also available in English.
Note: These are major publications. Aravindan has also written many pamphlets, introductions, blog articles, and letters to editors. His works can be found in a number of anthologies and collections in various websites.
- "Science and Critic Writings of Aravindan Neelakandan"
- "Grandly Ocean"
- "Indological musings in the Tamil Hindu site"
- What is Centre Right India?