Aravindan Neelakandan

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Aravindan Neelakandan Pillai
Born (1971-06-16) 16 June 1971 (age 45)
Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, India
Occupation Writer
Academic background
School or tradition Cultural anthropology
Influences B. R. Ambedkar, Charles Darwin, Savarkar, Carl Gustav Jung, Ram Swarup, Sita Ram Goel, Swami Vivekananda
Academic work
Main interests 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.

Biography[edit]

Aravindan Neelakandan was born on 16 June 1971 at Nagar Kovil, Tamil Nadu, India into a family of academicians. His paternal grandfather was a scholar well-versed in the art of Varma kalai (Tamil: வர்மக்கலை) of Siddha Marma science. His father, N. S. Pillai, is a respected Tamil scholar, retiring as a professor from Travancore Hindu College in Nagarkoil. His mother is a retired professor of economics at the same institution and was a student leader associated with the anti-Hindi agitation in Tamil Nadu.

Aravindan started his academic life as a student of agricultural studies and has a master's degree in psychology from Madras University and in economics from Madurai Kamaraj University. He is now working with the ecological NGO Vivekananda Kendra - Natural Resources Development Project in Kanyakumari, at India's southern tip. His work involves research on traditional rural communities, as well as on educating farmers of 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 DinamaniJunction,[1] Solvanam,[2] Tamil Paper,[3] and Thinnai. His works also appear in the Tamil website Tamil Hindu[4] in which he is an editor. He is also a contributing author for journals and magazines like swarajyamag.com.[5] and at sutrajournal.com.[6]

Aravindan Neelakandan serves as a mentor to the Srishti Madurai, which involves academicians and Independent scholars from universities around the world.[7] Neelakandan has organised the launch of Maraikappata Pakkangal ("Hidden Pages"), the first book concerning gender variance in Tamil.[8]

Selected Bibliography[edit]

Year Book Language(s) Publication ISBN
2004 Tamil: கடவுளும் நாற்பது ஹெர்ட்ஸும்(God and 40 Hertz.) Tamil United Writers Publications
2009 The Wonder Fern Azolla (co-authored with Kamalasanan Pillai) English,Tamil Vivekananda Kendra
2010 Tamil: ஹிந்துத்துவம்: ஓர் எளிய அறிமுகம் (Hindutva – A Simplified Introduction.) Tamil Tamil Hindu Publication [9] 9788184935363
2010 Tamil: நம்பக்கூடாத கடவுள்(God, The Untrusty – The Dharmic Musings) Tamil Kizhakku Publishers 9788184935837
2010 Tamil: சாதிகள்: ஒரு புதிய கண்ணோட்டம் (Castes – New Revelations (co-authored with Jaatayu Tamil: ஜடாயு )) Tamil Tamil Hindu Publication 9788191050912
2011 Breaking India: Western Interventions in Dravidian and Dalit Faultlines (co-authored with Rajiv Malhotra) Tamil,English,Kannada Kizhakku Publishers(English), Vasantha Prakashana (Kannada) 9788191067378
2012 Tamil: பஞ்சம்,படுகொலை,பேரழிவு, கம்யூனிஸம் (Communism – Famine,Massacre,Disaster) Tamil Kizhakku Publishers 9788184935226
2014 Tamil: ஆழி பெரிது(The Grandly Ocean) Tamil Mathi Nilayam
2015 Tamil: ஹிந்துத்துவ சிறுகதைகள்(Hindhuthva sirukathaigal) Tamil Thadam pathipagam

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