The Telugus are only the first to fall

South Indians, i.e., Dravidians, should be more worried about the split of the Telugu nation followed by its immediate consumption by the Aryans than the secession of Kashmir from India and its takeover by Pakistan, should this latter event actually occur.

But the problem is, we have been taught that it is wrong to think of ourselves as Dravidians. We are asked to think of ourselves as having no identity other than the illusive Indian one, and the fact that we have accepted this only makes it easy to divide, rule, depopulate, dissect, and ultimately remove us from the face of this planet.

These attacks are now visible in the political sphere w.r.t. the Telugus, but they have been happening in less-visible spheres from at least a thousand years all over South India. Dravidian literature, barring Tamil literature to some extent, for e.g., bears such a strong imprint of Aryan culture and customs, and on top of it all, language (i.e., Sanskrit), that it has ended up creating a fatal schism between the lettered and the unlettered among the Dravidians. As in all cases of colonialism, even in the case of the Dravidians, the literati identify more with the colonizers than with the colonized.

The literati are the elite of a people, and if they and their literature do little more than mimic the language of the colonizers in all possible ways - in the script, the choice of words, and the choice of writing topics - then that elite is easily subordinated to the elite of the colonizers. From among the latter have emerged the Aryan politicians in whose interest it is to divide and rule the Telugu people, and from among the former have emerged their local Telugu lieutenants.

It is a contradiction in terms to talk of increased autonomy for the states - linguistic states, mind you - and in the same breath to celebrate the history of the Sanskritization of Dravidian writing. There is a clear case to be made that the present predicament of the Telugus is due in no small measure to the fact that Telugu literature is heavily Sanskritized - perhaps more so than the literature of any other Dravidian language. There is hardly a word that Telugu writers are capable of coining today which is not Sanskrit, despite the fact that Telugu is a Dravidian language, not an Indo-Aryan language.

Plus, of course, since the land of the Telugu people lies on the border between the Dravidian and the Aryan regions of today, it is not surprising that theirs is the first Southern state in independent India to be so conspicuously divided and ruled by the Aryans who have been inching southwards from the beginning of India's history, dividing and destroying society on the way. I don't think it is possible to stop the Aryan takeover of South India unless the Dravidians stand up for their fundamental right to freedom and liberty in all walks of life, language being the most fundamental one.

So, the Telugus have fallen, and we Kannadigas are next in line. The question is: Do we even realize what is happening to us?

9 comments:

Rohit Ramachandraiah said...

A Racist article. I completely despise and disapprove of such writing. Please donot forget that you are born in a linguistic community in which great Humanitarians such as Kuvempu who came up with the "Vishwamanava Sandesha"(Message of Universal Brotherhood)were born.

Kiran Batni said...

I do talk about races in the article, but that does not automatically make it "racist". I am as much a proponent of universal brotherhood and humanitarianism as Kuvempu - if not more. But I cannot avoid or twist inconvenient truths. What I have written in this article is the truth as I see it, and my universal brotherhood and humanitarianism coexist with that truth. They can. You only need to try to see how they can.

Ganesh Bharadwaj said...

Heights of paranoia. Haha!

Jai Veerupaksha said...

Kannadigas are definitely the next targets! All our Vishwamaanava's need to start looking at the sequence of events against a larger time horizon in history and from a community perspective to be able to judge the truth in the author's claims. We seem to be happily escape from this reality by our consumerist approach to life driven by day to day and individualistic approach.

Brotherhood exists only among equals and when both believe and act in the spirit of equality. However if the balance of equality tilts even a little as is happening with Hindiwallahs being treated more equal in the country than the others especially South Indians,romanticised notions of our poets of an utopian world would best be relegated to text books and not used to argue against historical facts.

Sometimes wonder, had it not been for the relentlous works of Potti sriramulu or Aluri Venkata Rao and similar minded people in different regions of India, neither Nehru or Patel would have been in favour of linguistic states and w/o linguistic states, by now Hindi imposition would have ensured a wipeout of many linguistic communities in India. Instead of working to realise the potential of linguistic unity the next generations for greed of political power and in the stupor of consumerism are hell bent on self destruction masterfully triggered by the powers from Delhi.How pitiful!

Anantha Rao said...

The Aryan & Dravidian divide is a myth invented only in first half of 18th century by west linguist(check wiki for details) to divide Indians not just by religion & cast but also geographically. India being older civilization then west, it is we who have to tell who are we instead of being told by others. We need to identify ourselves as per our ancestors & not outsiders. Of course choice is of individuals. Author must look out for articles by Google "Aryan-Dravidian divide a myth" to enlighten/hear other side of the story instead of getting swayed away by biggest propaganda of our times. Almost everyone in India seems have been planted with this theory successfully. Even a Harvard study(by genes) has proved no existence of such divide. As far as Sanskritization of so called Dravidian(South Indian) language is concerned, there is belief that these languages are original. But if one maps Sanskrit Akshara(Aphabets) & grammar such as tenses, gender, sandi, vibhakthi, etc.. with South Indian languages as well as other languages, one can find highest degree of similarity on one to one basis unlike English. Alphabets & grammar are basic structure of any language hence any language with just different script cannot claim to be original but a derived language from Sanskrit. So we do not need any scientist or historian to tell but can be derived on our own as we know both of them. Just map Sanskrit alphabets & other Indian languages like Kannada to see yourself, then decide. Like Aryan - Dravidian myth, this south Indian languages known as Dravidian language is also equally a myth or at best a propaganda imposed on us. Unfortunately most of us have been sold to that idea without thinking for a while. Hope things will change in future as open minded people will read things as per our ancestors.

Kiran Batni said...

@Anantha Rao

Linguists have established beyond doubt that the languages of S. India are different from those of N. India in a fundamental way. Your assertion that there is no difference does not stand the test of linguistics. For further understanding of the roots of Kannada, refer to

(1) "Kannada Nudi Nadedu Banda Haadi" by DNS Bhat, available free here: http://ellarakannada.org/Index_kannaDa_nuDi_naDedu_baMda_dAri.html.

(2) Robert Caldwell's "A comparative grammar of the Dravidian or South-Indian family of languages (1875), available free here: http://archive.org/details/comparativegramm00caldrich

Once you read this, I am sure you will drop your received wisdom that the difference between Dravidian and Aryan languages was invented by the British. It's old Indian nationalist nonsense.

Anantha Rao said...

Author or any linguist championing(Aryan-Dravidian theory) explain why Kannada(& other Dravidian languages like Telugu, etc) alphabets, Swara, Vyanjana, grammar such as Sandhi, Vibhatki, Chandas, etc are 100% same as in Sanskrit. Even words (Swara, Vyanjana, sandhi, chandas, etc) used are same as in Sanskrit. In fact, any person knowing Kannada(& Dravidian languages) can learn Sanskrit quickly!! The very book that you have referred is no different from any Sanskrit book of learning.... Kindly do plain reading of Sanskrit, if any one do not have any idea about it.. We should not be so much blind folded when things are glaringly visible & known to us. But equally appreciate views of author too.

Kiran Batni said...

"Why Kannada(& other Dravidian languages like Telugu, etc) alphabets, Swara, Vyanjana, grammar such as Sandhi, Vibhatki, Chandas, etc are 100% same as in Sanskrit"

--> Read The first reference book I suggested, and you'll get the answer.

"The very book that you have referred is no different from any Sanskrit book of learning...."

---> Which book? Have you opened either of them? Don't speak before you read them.

"Kindly do plain reading of Sanskrit, if any one do not have any idea about it.. We should not be so much blind folded when things are glaringly visible & known to us. But equally appreciate views of author too."

Thank you for the advice. I understand Sanskrit pretty well. In read a bit of Sanskrit every day. Check this out where I've translated a Sanskrit poem to Ellara Kannada: http://honalu.net/2013/05/31/%e0%b2%b6%e0%b2%bf%e0%b2%b5-%e0%b2%a8%e0%b2%be%e0%b2%a8%e0%b3%81-%e0%b2%b6%e0%b2%bf%e0%b2%b5-%e0%b2%a8%e0%b2%be%e0%b2%a8%e0%b3%81/

Thennavan said...

@Anantha Rao

Please do not generalize too much about Dravidian Languages. Kannada would probably use the Grammar Terminology of Sanskrit due to the influence of the latter. The 'influence' does not mean 'origin'. Indians use so many English words in our languages. That does not mean our languages are derived from English.

Tamil, a Dravidian language, has got its own grammar with its own grammar terminlogy too. Besides, that a language is original or derived can be known easily from three features, namely basic vocabulary (root words), morphology and sentence structure.

First of all, The root words like kallu (stone) and mannu (soil) in Tamil are entirely different from those of Sanskrit.

Secondly, regarding morphology, Sanskrit is only inflectional whereas Dravidian languages are both inflectional and agglutinative.

Finally, the sentence structure of Dravidian languages are almost so same that translation requires only word by word replacement while Indo-European languages including Sanskrit needs structural reorganization of sentences.

Therefore, it is very clear that Dravidian languages are different from Sanskrit and the related languages. The North Indians and the supporters of Sanskrit propagate that every language is derived from Sanskrit because it is perfect, divine, etc., etc. In fact, Sanskrit is another human language with its own advantages and disadvantages. The supporters of Sanskrit aim to simply glorify Sanskrit at the cost of other languages.

As you said "We should not be so much blind folded when things are glaringly visible & known to us."

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