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Hindutva and linguistics
It should also be pointed out that while mainstream linguists see the Dravidian languages of southern India (such as Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada) as members of a distinct Dravidian phylum, Hindutva people suggest that they all descend from Sanskrit and that the existence of a separate Dravidian stock is a "Christian missionary idea". 126.96.36.199 (talk) 02:32, 10 December 2017 (UTC)
- Seconded. They also claim that the Indian branch of Indo-European languages are native to India and that perhaps even all Indo-European languages are native to India, in the face of linguistic, textual, and archaeological evidence. They frequently claim that Sanskrit is the oldest extant Indo European language (laughably wrong). They completely elide the religious and linguistic links between the Vedas and early Iranian peoples (Mittani and the Avestas). There is also a whole school devoted to claiming that the Indus Valley Civilization spoke an Indo-European language (very unlikely) and that that language was Sanskrit (basically impossible). I think this is motivated by a desire to make Hindi the national language and devalue Dravidian languages. Hindi and related languages are full of Dravidian substrate words, and there are some intriguing hints that the Harappan language, if not a Dravidian language (which I think is a pretty good guess based on language distribution in the subcontinent today) at least shared concepts about the sky, counting, and time with Dravidian languages. (It's clear that there are cultural links between the Harappan civilization and India today, so the motivation to "claim" them is keen for both sides of this linguistic debate.) There's loads of this pseudo history driven by nationalism and regional chauvinism, and the cherry on top are pro-Tamil reactionaries who claim that Tamil is the mother tongue from which all languages on Earth are derived, for which utterly laughable "cognate" tables have been created as proofs. 188.8.131.52 (talk) 17:15, 12 January 2018 (UTC)