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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 Pillai
Born (1971-06-16) 16 June 1971 (age 48)
Academic background
InfluencesB. R. Ambedkar, Charles Darwin, Savarkar, Carl Gustav Jung, Ram Swarup, Sita Ram Goel, Swami Vivekananda
Academic work
School or traditionCultural anthropology
Main interestsIndology, ecology, comparative mythology, evolution, psychology
Notable worksBreakingIndia(Tamil: உடையும் இந்தியா)



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 bibliographyEdit

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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