Behind every Dravidian act a Christian push

  • By Thamizhchelvan
  • 5 July 2010

While the DMK  jamboree was going on, well known scholar, Indologist and Director of Saraswati  Sindhu Research Center, Dr. S. Kalyanaraman gave an interview to in which he contested the findings of  Asko Parpola, saying he did not agree with Parpola’s unproven ‘decipherment’ of  the Indus script on the premise that old Tamil was the underlying language. He  pointed out that Parpola’s was simply a belief system, not premised on evidence  of the corpus of inscriptions and the underlying cultural foundations of the  civilization of 4000 years ago. He appreciated Parpola’s contribution in  preparing the corpus of Indus script inscriptions in a logically organized set  of concordances, but refuted his claims of decipherment. To read interview click here.

Responding to the  interview, Parpola said with a tinge of arrogance, “Dr. Kalyanaraman has no  linguistic training. He has not heeded my advice of taking a university course  in linguistics. He is a supporter of Hindutva ideology and hence I have chosen  to ignore his writings and opinions”. The dismissal of a native scholar on  grounds of religion shows the Christian fundamentalism at work. Yet Dr.  Kalyanaraman is not the only native scholar to question the decipherment claims  of Parpola, who has also failed to answer the critique of Prof BB Lal, the  iconic archaeologist, regarding his decipherment claims.

Parpola’s short  interview to The New Indian Express (29 June 2010) on the sidelines of the lecture at Roja Muthiah Library, exposes  the renewed attempt to resurrect the defunct Aryan Invasion Theory. Says Asko  Parpola, “Dravidians were originally the inhabitants of the Indus Valley in  Gujarat. They were not driven south by the Aryans; instead, they gradually  moved there in search of greener pastures and more fertile soil for grazing and  farming – and this was before the invading Aryans even came to town. There is  evidence that this move was much before the invading Aryan hordes came to  India. The Dravidian community that remained near the Indus River was conquered  over many years later by the Aryans”.

Then Parpola makes  a stunning revelation, “Just like when the British took over India, they  made the Brahmins learn their language and work under them to administer the  country before they conquered the whole nation, likewise, these Aryans too made  the local village chieftains learn the Indo-Aryan language. An elite layer of  Dravidians would have initially learnt Indo-Aryan first. The northern  Dravidians then over time took completely to speaking Indo-Aryan with only  traces of the original proto-Dravidian language still remaining”.

Parpola adds, “Dravidian  languages flourished in the south because the Aryans could never conquer the  south. Even the north could have taken centuries to conquer”.  

These statements  are self-explanatory and readers can draw their own conclusions. As an exponent  of the Aryan-Dravidian Theory, he was chosen for the award by the Dravidian  government possibly on the recommendation of Iravatham Mahadevan, one of the  four vice presidents of the supreme committee headed by Chief Minister  Karunanidhi. The other vice presidents were Deputy CM Stalin, Finance Minister  Anbazhagan and former Vice Chancellor of Anna University Prof. V.C.  Kulandaiswamy.  

Karunanidhi, by  organizing this party jamboree in the name of classical Tamil by spending  taxpayers’ money to the tune of Rs. 400 crore, has south to achieve the  following objectives:
1. To  anoint himself as sole protector of the Tamil language and supreme leader of the  Tamil people and to appropriate authority to conduct future Classical Tamil  conferences.
1. To proclaim Tamil as the oldest  language, older than and supreme to Sanskrit. 
2. To  resurrect the now defunct Aryan-Dravidian Theory. 
3. To  forcefully emphasise Tamil identity, thereby alienating Tamil people from the  Hindu fold and the national mainstream. 4. To give a fresh impetus to Tamil  separatism.

On the grand finale  of the jamboree, he made many announcements, including:
1. World  Tolkappiyar Classical Tamil Sangam (WTCTS) will be set up in Madurai to hold  Classical Tamil Conferences at reasonable intervals.
2. Tamil  must be made the official language of the government of India.
3. Tamil  must be officially declared as the language of usage at all levels at Madras  High Court.
4. Law  will be enacted to give preference in government employment to persons who have  studied in Tamil medium.

Dr. Vijaya Rajiva,  a political scientist who taught at a Canadian University feels that, What should trouble Tamils and Indians in general  is Karunanidhi’s ongoing sponsorship of Tamil as a language that is not  connected to the rest of Bharat. And followers of the Tamil Tigers have taken  to organising themselves as anti India. This expresses itself unfortunately in  the world of academia where noted individuals such as Iravatham Mahadevan (a  former civil servant turned self taught Tamil scholar) and Asko Parpola a  Finnish scholar of Tamil, are seemingly engaged in using the Tamil stick with  which to beat a pan Indian identity. Mahadevan is reported to have said: I am  not a Hindu. Parpola, of course, is Finnish and most likely does not identify  with the word ‘Hindu’.” ( ).

At first  Karunanidhi had no idea of holding a ‘World Classical Tamil Conference’. Since  the International Association of Tamil Research (IATR) refused permission to  hold the “Ninth World Tamil Conference” without understanding Karunanidhi’s  urge to hold it before the elections while he was in power, Karunanidhi took it  as a challenge and cleverly named the meet as “First World Classical Tamil  Conference”.

As he has announced  the formation of the World Tolkappiyar Classical Tamil Sangam (WTCTS), the fate  of the International Association of Tamil Research (IATR) remains to be seen.  There is a possibility of WTCTS becoming dysfunctional if Karunanidhi loses  power. As of now, the community of Tamil scholars worldwide is divided between  IATR and WTCTS. Some reputed scholars say if Karunanidhi wins the 2011  elections, he would transform WTCTS into the ‘Fourth Tamil Sangam’!

If Tamil is made an  official language of India, other states will demand official status for their  languages. They will also demand permission to use their languages in their  respective state High Courts if the Centre allows Tamil to be used in the  Madras High Court. This would necessitate that the Chief Justices (and other  judges) must be natives of the particular state and speak the  particular language.

The enactment of a  law to give preference to persons who have studied in Tamil medium for  government employment is another dangerous move. Other states would follow  suit, and considering the inter-state rivalry which already exists for water  and power, national integration will become impossible. Nehru’s huge blunder of  agreeing to the linguistic demarcation of states will be felt severely now …

This is what the  Church and the Christian world wanted. Splintered India will be easier to Christianize  than a culturally united India. As far as Tamil Nadu is concerned, the first  step is ‘Dravidianisation’, which is synonymous with ‘separatism’; the second  and final step will be Christianization.     

All the above  announcements were made with an objective to Dravidianise Tamil Nadu in the  name of Tamil. Karunanidhi started by changing the Tamil New Year. The future  course of Dravidianisation has been underlined in the Coimbatore Conference.  Max Mueller, Robert Caldwell, et al will rise from their grave to have a  barbaric laugh.

The author is a  freelancer. Sourced from

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