Re: Tamil sha (U+0BB6) - deprecate it?

From: Sinnathurai Srivas (
Date: Sun Jun 26 2005 - 22:34:53 CDT

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    Tamil has a slot of it's own and script of it's own.
    Sanskrit was created from Tamil and vocabulary was added from various
    European languages.

    But Sanskrit started to deviate from Tamil and became an entity of it's own.
    There have been problem over the history, in that Sanskrit tried to change
    Tamil as it did for other Indic languages.

    Indic languages use either Tamil or European base words. Indic languages use
    European words for even the very basic vocabulary, such as Mother, Father,
    Daughter, etc.. etc..

    It is not the desire of Tamil to stop any one from using European language
    in such a massive scale. It is only the wish of Tamil to stay Indian. There
    are reasonably little impact of Sanskrit over Tamil, but if as allowed to
    continue Tamil will also become another European language.

    Please, please leave us alone. We have a great tradition and want to keep
    that identity.
    Quite a number, a massive number has already converted. Leave us to survive
    in our own ways. We too have a very sophisticated language, not lacking in
    any significant way to other European languages. We also have the ancient
    tag to carry with it.

    Please save Tamil from this onslaught.

    Tamil has allocated code points in Unicode and please remove 0bb6 as it is
    not a Tamil character, but a Sanskrit character.


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Michael Everson" <>
    To: "Unicode Discussion" <>
    Sent: Monday, June 27, 2005 12:31 AM
    Subject: Re: Tamil sha (U+0BB6) - deprecate it?

    > At 20:07 +0100 2005-06-26, Sinnathurai Srivas wrote:
    >>More than Sanskrit English is the extremely important to be transliterated
    >>in Tamil. This can be done by using Tamil system.
    > Agreed.
    >>Sanskrit is always seen a wanton intrusion to destroy all Indic languages
    >>and cause confusion.
    > This is untrue.
    >>Tamil has been defending it self for hundreds of years. Tamil has it's own
    >>system and a sophisticated system.
    > Tamil is not all that different from any of the other Brahmic scripts we
    > have encoded. The Unicode encoding of Tamil is adequate for the
    > representation of Tamil text.
    >>Unicode is not the entity that should decide the demise of the ancient and
    >>sophisticated Tamil, like the demise of all other Indic languages.
    > This is utter nonsense. Unicode supports Tamil and most of the other
    > scripts of India.
    >>Sanskrit is not Tamil, though Sanskrit borrows vast amount of technology
    >>and vocabulary from Tamil. Let's Tamil follow it's own ways.
    > Sanskrit borrows very little terminology from any language. All of the
    > languages of India, including Tamil. borrow terminology from Sanskrit,
    > however.
    >>0BB6 must be deprecated.
    > Certainly not. It was correctly encoded on the basis of the evidence of
    > its use in plain text.
    >>0BB6 was encoded illegally by Unicode (I'll expand on this once I get
    >>answers to how the 0BB6 was encoded in the first place).
    > This is entirely incorrect. The character was encoded on foot of its
    > existence.
    >>Unicode, please, please save Tamil from this onslaught.
    > Quite honestly, I can see no threat to Tamil from any direction but yours.
    >>Tamil has been fighting this battle for a long time. Mostly all other
    >>Indic languages lost this battle and surrendered them for a not very
    >>appreciable technology.
    > I think the word "bollocks" is appropriate here.
    > --
    > Michael Everson * * Everson Typography * *

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