A Research on the Etymology of Dravidam (Dravidianism)

திராவிடம்: ஒரு சொல் ஆய்வு

  • P Sahaya Darcius Software Researcher, South Korea
Keywords: Dravidam, Dravidianism, Dravidar, Dravidian, Tamil, Tamilar, Sanga Tamil, Endonym, Exonoym, Bishop Robert Caldwell, Brahminism, Dravida Bhasha, Andhra Dravida Bhasha, what is dravidam, Ariya, Ariyar, Hathigumpha Inscription, badami inscription, Prakrit, Sanjan Plates, Chera, Chola, Pndiya, Tamil Kings, Periplus of Erythraean sea. Ptolemy, Herodotus, Damirike, Damirica, Pancha Dravida, Dravidian Languages, Sanskrit, Dravida-lipi, Thamili, Tamili, Pandiyan Seppedukal 10, Rashtrakuta, Nayanapalle, Kumbhalgarh, Tiruppuvanam, Linguistic survey of india, G.A. Grierson, Sten Konow, Pavendar Bharathidasan, Agananooru, Tolkappiyam


There have been numerous critics found in Tamil Nadu since the introduction of the phrase ‘Dravidam’ (Dravidianism). The criticism on ‘Dravidam’ was at its peek when DK (Dravida Kazhagam), Dravida Nadu, DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam), were very popular among the masses of Tamil Nadu. There is a general opinion that Bishop Robert Caldwell was the first to use the word Dravidam. There are also stories saying Dravidam is not Tamil and Dravidians are not Tamils. Therefore, it is natural for anyone to question the verity of Dravidam. Is Dravidam an illusion? Or is it a fabricated story? With these questions in my mind I started researching the Sangam Literature and the historical documents extensively. I have found a plethora of evidence confirming Dravidam and Tamil are not different. Dravidam is Tamil and Tamil is Dravidam

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