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Who are the Dravidians?

 Who are the Dravidians?

Term ‘Dravidar’:

            Dravidians are the original inhabitants of India. The term ‘Dravidar’ is the mutilated form of the term ‘Tamilar’ (Tamilar-Thramilar-Thravidar-Draavidar).  It is the Sanskritised form of the term ‘Tamilar’. The term ‘Dravida’ is utilized based on

1)  Language

2)  Region and

3)  Race


            In terms such as Dravida Basha, Dravida Sangam, Dravida Vedam, Dravida Upanishad, Dravida Mapadiam, etc., the term ‘Dravida’ refers to Tamil.

            Adisankara named Thirugnanasampanthar, an Aryan Brahmin as ‘Dravida Sisu’. Because Thirugnanasampanthar spoke Tamil and lived in Tamilnadu, even though he was an Aryan by race.

            The Aryan Brahmins who live in Tamilnadu and speak Tamil would not claim that they belong to the Dravidian race.  They claim that they are Aryans by race and infact there is no such race as Aryan race.

            A man belonging to the Dravidian race would claim that he is a Dravidian by race, even though he has forgotten his mother tongue and lives in a foreign country for a long period of time, and the people who cannot understand this fact would get confused and would confuse others by saying that there is no such Dravidian race.

            The people who speak English are not necessarily English people, and those who live inEnglandare also not necessarily English people.

 Dravidians can be classified as follows:

  •  Dravidians who live in South India and speak Dravidian langauages.
  • Dravidians who live in North India, and do not speak Dravidian languages; though they do not speak Dravidian languages they are Dravidians by race.
  • Dravidians who live in Foreign countries, and have completely forgotten their Dravidian language; though they do not speak Dravidian languages they are Dravidians by race.


            The Aryan Brahmins who went from Tanjore and settled in Pudur of Andhra are known as ‘Pudur Dravidars’ even though they are not ‘Dravidians’ by race, since they went from Tanjore, a Tamil land .  Amongst the Aryan Brahmins, there is a division called ‘Pancha Dravidar’  even though they are Aryan Brahmins, since they were from Tamilnadu, Andhra, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra, and the term ‘Pancha Dravidar’ has a geographical significance  since it is based on the regional name i.e, the Dravidian land. Though the Aryans are denoted as Dravidians since they speak Dravidian language and live in Dravidian country, they are not Dravidians by race.


            The people who are the original inhabitants of Dravidian land (India) and who belong to the Dravidian race by birth alone are the Dravidians even though they have completely forgotten their Dravidian language and went out of the Dravidian land. Now they form 90% of Indian population.



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