21 September, 2020

Needed: Indus Code Breakers

A brilliant study lays out the case for the Indus Valley Civilisation-Dravidian linkage, ploughing past work and taking in conclusions from recent digs

Needed: Indus Code Breakers
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2020-02-22T17:24:33+05:30

At a time when Hindutva and pan-Tamil social media have been rivalling each other in propagating the relative antiquity of the culture and scientific temper of their forebears without challenging each other, R. Balakrishnan keeps it academic, strengthening internal evidence to establish the ‘Dravidian heritage’ of the Indus Valley Civilisation (IVC).

Balakrishnan, honorary consul­tant at the Indus Research Centre (IRC) of Chennai’s Roja  Muthiah Research Library, has stayed away from controversy, relying instead on scholarship, analytical facts and extensive reading of previous Indus and other archaeological and socio-anthropological studies to establish onomastic linkages, based on common place and people names, between IVC and ancient Dravidian/Tamil culture and civilisation.

It is likely that such a detailed comparison of names of places and persons in present-day Pakistan, Afghanistan on the one hand and ‘Dravidian’ Tamil Nadu on the other would not have been possible without computer software. The linkages that the...

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