Tamil Heritage

Periannan Chandrasekaran perichandra at YAHOO.COM
Tue Oct 5 22:47:14 UTC 1999

 -----Original Message-----
> From: nanda chandran [mailto:vpcnk at HOTMAIL.COM]
> Sent: Monday, October 04, 1999 7:46 PM
> Subject: Re: Tamil Heritage
> Sorry for the delayed reply. I'd already exhausted my quota of
> posts for September and so couldn't reply in time.
> Even the common fruit vendor uses only "phalam" for fruit.
> And since word by word comparisons between languages is
> beyond my capabilities, I cannot in anyway contest this claim.

You have repeatedly been doing so. You threw a challenge to cite
Tamil *verbs* with specific phonemes and when shown  a handful of them,
you declare "I am not familiar with these words"!
Please then do not *initiate* such discussions if you are not capable
of doing  the basic homework. This is a scholarly forum.

> Let's take the case of English. Today's English has a
> sophisticated grammer and incredible literature - in almost
> all areas. Five hundred years back this same language
> was a pretty crude tongue. But with knowledge acquired
> from other more advanced languages - Greek, Latin, Sanskrit -
> the language itself has been transformed into a pretty
> sophisticated one. Plus almost all works of importance in
> other languages have also been translated into English
> thus enriching the literature of the language.
> So let's suppose, there was a big war in which all the
> ancient Greek, Latin and other European literature were
> wiped out. And in another couple of hundred years, when
> nobody remembers the Greek or Roman civilization, the
> English suddenly claim that their civilization is 3000
> years old! They would have the literature to prove that!

Please substitute Sanskirt for English and proto-Dravidian/Tamil at IVC
for Greek/Latin. Then that would explain how Skt. and Ino-Aryan
heritage got where it is. Let us get that straight :-))

> Every PTC bus in Madras used to carry a picture of Thiruvalluvar
> with a kural on the side - "Dravidian" pride. But how many
> Tamilians are vegetarians - which is the least one would
> expect of a follower of the way of life expounded by
> Thiruvalluvar. And the small percent of Tamils who're
> vegetarian seem more influenced by brAhmanism than
> by Valluvar.

The forum is still waiting for you references to chastity of brahmins
in the most readily accessible book in the tamil land, viz.
Can we continue any discussion on thirukkural after that, please?

I have not seen a single philological evidence cited by you to support
your claims in the dozens of posts in the previous month; you
habitually fail to fulfill scholarly obligation on your side by citing
any decent evidence but spawn a new thread of debate that presupposes
the factuality of your (as yet open) assertions in preceding posts.  It
is very difficult indeed to engage in fruitful discussions with you.



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