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2THE PRIMARY CLASSICAL LANGUAGE OF THE WORLD

     The South Indian historians as a rule, acquit themselves admirably well in writing the post-Christian history of Tamil Nadu; but become entirely inactive and uninterested with regard to the pre-Christian history of the same, and suddenly turn to the North and base everything on the Vedas. They are even prone to grossly misre present facts, as they know for certain that a true representation of ancient Tami Nadu will only reveal the glory of Tamil, and rebound to the credit of ancient Tamils. Their guiding principle is always to uphold Sanskrit and the Vedic system of culture. The two exceptions in this regard were the late Mr.P.T. Srinivasa Iyengar and Prof.V.R.Ramachandra Dikshitar, both of whom adorned the University of Madras as Head of the Department of History during different periods. If there was any other, it was T.R. Sesha Iyengar. All the others are of one mould and flagrantly betray their bias towards Sanskrit. They make a mountain of a molehill if it be in favour of the Aryans, and a molehill of a mountain if it be in favour of the Tamilians.

     Under these circumstances, to expect a true and faithful history of pre-Aryan Tamil Nadu to be written by any of the pro-Sanskrit historians of today, is “to set the fox to keep the geese.”

3. The Sources of Cultural History of Ancient Tamils

     Tamil being the earliest cultivated language of the world dating from time immemorial and Lemuria, the original home of the Tamilians, having been submerged long ago, it is vain to look for archaeological evidences in support of the antiquity of Tamil civilization and culture. It must be definitely understood, that oceanography and geology have taken the place of archaeology in the case of Tamil Nadu.

     Under this situation, the Tamil language and literature alone consitute the sources of material for reconstruction of pre-Christian and pre-Aryan history of Tamil Culture.

4. Signification of the Term 'Tamil'

     ‘Tamil’ is one of those words whose origin and root-meaning are wrapped up in mystery. All that we can say at present without