History of Mughalstan

N. Ganesan naga_ganesan at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 30 13:47:54 UTC 2000

 >but still the underlying culture - the thread of civilizational
 >unity - was strong enough for them to identify themselves as
 >Bhaaratiyas or Hindus as against the foreigners
 >- mlechaas or Turkas or Yaavanas.

Considering that the Indo-Aryans migrated into India in post-Harappan
times, the origins of the word, "mlecha" is significant. Originally,
it was meluHHa in Pali and in Sumerian clay tablets. Experts on the
Indus culture derive meluHHa as Dravidian, close to Tamil "mElakam".
Also, consider the related  words for pepper: Drav. mi.laku and
MIA mirchii.

N. Ganesan

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