Nehru and Persian/Arabic
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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