Recently Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi made an observation that Tamil language shows the ‘richness’ of our country. While acknowledging that Tamil is a very old language, he went on to emphasise the importance of acquainting oneself with other languages of our country for greater integration among countrymen to make “Ek Bharat, Shresht Bharat” a reality.
THE ORIGIN OF TAMILS
Pandyas were known as Thennavan or Thennan (Southerners). The land ruled by them was mentioned in many places of Sangam literature as Thennan Desam (Southern country). The repeated reference to their location in the South negates any theory of Tamils as having lived in the Indus or Elam region and migrated later to the present day Tamilnadu, which AIT proponents want us to believe. It was the Pandyas (not Cholas or Cheras) who developed Tamil as a refined language and made attempts to encourage use of grammatical Tamil. This, they did with the aid and guidance of sage Agasthya who taught worship of Sun (Adithya Hridhayam) to Rama in the war against Ravana.
PANDYAS IN MAHABHARATA
LOCATION OF PANDYAS IN VALMIKI RAMAYANA
AGASTHYA MYTHS ON SUBSIDENCE
SITA'S ORDEAL BY FIRE, A CASE OF FIRE-WALKING?
FIRE-WALKING IN TAMIL LANDS