Aravindan Neelakandan

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Aravindan Neelakandan Pillai
Born (1971-06-16) 16 June 1971 (age 50)
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
Notable works BreakingIndia(Tamil: உடையும் இந்தியா)

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 Nagercoil, 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 Tamil scholar, retiring as a professor from Travancore Hindu College in Nagercoil. 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.

Aravindan began his public presence with his articles on science and Indology in the Tamil portal He was also a regular contributor of columns to UPI Asia. Apart from his published works, he continues to write columns also in Tamil portals DinamaniJunction,[1] Solvanam,[2] Tamil Paper,[3] and Thinnai. His works also appears in the Tamil website Tamil Hindu[4] in which he is an editor. He is also a contributing author for journals and magazines like Swarajya.[5] and at[6]

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 Gopi Shankar Madurai's 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] Script error: No such module "template wrapper".
2010 Tamil: நம்பக்கூடாத கடவுள்(God, The Untrusty – The Dharmic Musings) Tamil Kizhakku Publishers Script error: No such module "template wrapper".
2010 Tamil: சாதிகள்: ஒரு புதிய கண்ணோட்டம்(Castes – New Revelations (co-authored with Jaatayu Tamil: ஜடாயு )) Tamil Tamil Hindu Publication Script error: No such module "template wrapper".
2011 Breaking India: Western Interventions in Dravidian and Dalit Faultlines (co-authored with Rajiv Malhotra) Tamil,English,Kannada Kizhakku Publishers(English), Vasantha Prakashana (Kannada) Script error: No such module "template wrapper".
2012 Tamil: பஞ்சம்,படுகொலை,பேரழிவு, கம்யூனிஸம்(Communism – Famine,Massacre,Disaster) Tamil Kizhakku Publishers Script error: No such module "template wrapper".
2014 Tamil: ஆழி பெரிது(The Grandly Ocean) Tamil Mathi Nilayam, 2nd edition by: Thadam Pathippagam
2015 Tamil: ஹிந்துத்துவ சிறுகதைகள்(Hindhuthva sirukathaigal) Tamil Thadam Pathippagam


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  1. "அறிதலின் எல்லையில்" [Summit of learning or knowing].<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "சொல்வனம் » அரவிந்தன் நீலகண்டன்". 3 November 2009. Archived from the original on 3 November 2009.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Grandly Ocean"
  4. "அரவிந்தன் நீலகண்டன் - தமிழ்ஹிந்து".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Swarajya - About Author".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Fritjof Capra and the Dharmic Worldview".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "It's a great honour to be awarded for book on gender variants: Gopi Shankar - Times of India".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "BJP leader launches LGBT rights book in TN - Mumbai Mirror -".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "இந்துத்துவப் பதிப்பகம்: ஓர் அறிமுகம் - தமிழ்ஹிந்து".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Other writings available online[edit]