Nehru and Persian/Arabic

Bijoy Misra bmisra at FAS.HARVARD.EDU
Tue Jan 12 15:54:41 EST 1999

While I like the discussion, the occasional agenda tone
bothers me.  The following is a good example.
What does Indology group have to do if Tamil is
not given its due recognition by some Indian
politicians?  Does Indology have to be driven
by a bias and an agenda?  Hope not.


On Tue, 12 Jan 1999, N. Ganesan wrote:

> <<<
> Where does Nehru say that Persian and Arabic are part of the Indian
>  cultural heritage?
> >>>
>  In India, Persian and Arabic are given protection as
>  Classical languages.
>  But not Tamil!!!. Tamil has 2300 years of continuous
>  literary tradition, its love/"interior landscape"
>  poems/poetics is unmatched anywhere.
>  IVC language is definitely agglutinative and most
>  probably a Dravidian language (cf. I. Mahadevan, A. Parpola).
>  It is high time Tamil is given protection in India
>  just like Sanskrit, Arabic and Persian.
>  With high regards,
>  N. Ganesan
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