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

From: Sinnathurai Srivas (
Date: Sun Jun 26 2005 - 23:18:15 CDT

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    Sanskrit originated from Tamil and made it own way by mingling with European
    language a lot. The counter view is Sanskrit originated in Europe and Made
    it way into India.

    Those are no problem for Tamil, as long as Sanskrit do not attempt to engulf
    the last Indian identity Tamil. We are trying to save our tradition and
    history. We are not out to destroy any one else.


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Richard Wordingham" <>
    To: <>
    Sent: Monday, June 27, 2005 12:56 AM
    Subject: Re: Tamil sha (U+0BB6) - deprecate it?

    > An exasperated Michael Everson wrote in response to Sinnathurai Srivas
    > :
    >>>More than Sanskrit English is the extremely important to be
    >>>transliterated in Tamil. This can be done by using Tamil system.
    >>>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
    >>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
    >>Sanskrit borrows very little terminology from any language. All of the
    >>languages of India, including Tamil. borrow terminology from Sanskrit,
    > There has been a movement amongst Tamils, the Pure Tamil Movement, to rid
    > Tamil of Sanskrit loanwords. It's by no means a unique phenomenon -
    > German deliberately eliminated a lot of vocabulary of French origin, and
    > in the 20th Century Turkish deliberately eliminated a lot of Arabic words
    > and expressions. There are some vitriolically anti-Sanskrit sentiments
    > around in India - you'd find a fine collection if you googled for Sanskrit
    > at the site .
    > There is actually quite a bit of foreign terminology in Sanskrit. Some of
    > it is 'hypersanskritised' to hide its foreign origin.
    > Richard.

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