College….He was one of the early pure Tamil activists…..changed Surya Narayana Sastri to its pure Tamil form….Parithi Maal Kalaignyar: Surya – Parithi (sun), Narayanan – Maal (God Vishnu), Sastri –
Kalaignyar (artist or scholar)…..
By now we are familiar with the concept of Brahmin leadership of the extreme left. Even the Maoist Central Politburo – the high command charting the revolutionary waves- is populated by super-castes (only one tribal member).
It is the usually the sons of the privileged who are (as Omar would say) at the vanguard of the revolution (Bong version: Jomidar-er chele Naxal – the son of the Zamindar is a Naxalite). You need to be a top dog to recognize that your own skin has just the right texture for making shoes for the poor. ……
We were most surprised to find out
that the man who pioneered the Tamizh as a classical language movement
(higher, better, wider than Sanskrit) was actually a Brahmin. Dravida Sastri (as he was known) was such a
fanatic (used in a positive sense) that he changed his Sanskrit-derived
name to a pure Tamizh one. In present day terminology he would be called a self-hating Brahmin…just like Dr Norman Gary Finkelstein is considered a self-hating Jew.
Since then many a famous Dravida leader have followed in the foot-steps of Dravid Sastri. Thus Dakhsina Murthy became Karuna-Nidhi. And now the Dravida movement is being ably led by the one and only ‘Puratchi Thalaivi’ (‘Revolutionary Leader’) ….an Iyengar (highest possible caste) named Jaya-Lalithaa (extra “A” at the end due to “sanskrit-hindu” astrological reasons, similar to why all Ekta Kapoor productions are initialled “K”).
Sastri also pioneered/popularized the concept of Kumari Nadu, the cradle of (Tamizh) civilization – referred to by others as Lemuria (see below) – which is now sunk into the great depths of the Indian Ocean and has left no trace behind (just like that Malaysian plane).
We have an age-old (unsolved) puzzle for you, which will help you to discover your inner Dravida-man (or for the Tam-Brahms- your self-hating persona).
Is Ginger Sanskrit-origin or …..is it Dravidian?
From the Online Etymology Dictionary:
ginger (n.) mid-14c., from Old English gingifer, from Medieval Latin gingiber, from Latin zingiberi, from Greek zingiberis, from Prakrit (Middle Indic) singabera, from Sanskrit srngaveram, from srngam “horn” + vera-
“body,” so called from the shape of its root. But this may be Sanskrit
folk etymology, and the word may be from an ancient Dravidian name that
also produced the Malayalam name for the spice, inchi-ver, from inchi “root.”
The ancient Dravidian name is presumably Tamizh. So…we are curious to know the exact Tamizh word…after all inchi-ver may well be apabhramsa for srnga-veram as well. Just saying.
[ref. Wiki] Parithimar Kalaignar (born V. G. Suryanarayana Sastri, born August 11, 1870 – d. November 2, 1903), a Professor of Tamil at the Madras Christian College was the first person to campaign for the recognition of Tamil as a classical language.
Suryanarayana Sastri was born at Tirupparankunram in a Brahmin family. He graduated in Tamil and was soon employed as a Professor
of Tamil in the Madras Christian College. In 1895, Suryanarayana Sastri
rose to become the Head of Department for Tamil at the Madras Christian
He was one of the early pure Tamil activists. He changed his name
Suryanarayana Sastri to its pure Tamil form ParithiMaal Kalaignyar
(Surya – Parithi (sun), Narayanan – Maal (God Vishnu), Sastri –
Kalaignyar (artist or scholar))
When the Madras
University proposed to exclude Tamil from its syllabus, Parithimar Kalaignar
vehemently protested against the proposal forcing the authorities to drop the
move. In 1902, he proposed that Tamil be designated as a “classical
language” thereby becoming the first person to make such a petition.
Parithimar Kalignar is also known as Dravida Sastri.
Kalaignar was also the first to use the Tamil name Kumarinadu for the
mythical lost-land of Lemuria.
Paritihimar Kalaignar died in 1903 due
at the age of 33.
Parithimar Kalaignar is regarded as an inspiration for Tamil enthusiasts as Maraimalai
Adigal and the Tanittamil Iyakkam.
In 2006, the Government of Tamil Nadu declared Parithimar Kalaignar’s house
in his native village of Vilacheri as a memorial and sanctioned a sum of rupees
15 lakh towards nationalizing his books. On August 17, 2007, postage stamps were issued in memory of Saint Vallalar,
Parithimar Kalaignar and Maraimalai Adigal.
On December 13, 2006, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M.
Karunanidhi extended an amount of Rs. 15 lakh to the Tamil scholar’s
[ref. Wiki] Lemuria is the name of a hypothetical “lost land”
variously located in the Indian and Pacific
Oceans. The concept’s 19th-century origins lie in attempts to account for
discontinuities in biogeography; however, the concept of Lemuria has been
rendered obsolete by modern theories of plate
tectonics. Although sunken continents do exist – like Zealandia in the Pacific as well as Mauritia
and the Kerguelen Plateau in the Indian Ocean –
there is no known geological formation under the Indian or Pacific Oceans that
corresponds to the hypothetical Lemuria.
Though Lemuria is no longer considered a valid scientific hypothesis, it has
been adopted by writers involved in the occult, as well as
some Tamil writers of India. Accounts of
Lemuria differ, but all share a common belief that a continent
existed in ancient times and sank beneath the ocean as a result of a
geological, often cataclysmic, change, such as pole shift.
Pavanar have tried to associate Lemuria with Kumari
Kandam, a legendary sunken landmass mentioned in the Tamil literature,
claiming that it was the cradle of civilization.