varna and jati

Swaminathan Madhuresan smadhuresan at YAHOO.COM
Fri May 28 16:14:28 UTC 1999

 >Infact, people from all four categories (Keralite, Telugu, Kannada,
 >MarAti) that I've met, stoutly deny that their language is derived from
 >Tamizh, and insist that it's Samskrutam which is the mother language. Even
 >if they're actually wrong, it still reflects their respect and affinity
 >towards Samskrutam, which could never have been achieved by coersion.

  Contradicts the genetic relationships between languages as
  taught in basic Linguistics courses. Is this popular view another variant
  of what we call here, Indic paradigms of knowledge and scholarship?

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