Sanskrit scholars attempted to Sanskritise Thamizh several centuries ago by the liberal use of Sanskrit words. They argued that such a liberal mixture enhanced the beauty of the Thamizh language and compared the hybrid language to an ornament made out of equal number of pearls and corals. Some of the Jain and Vaisnava Sanskrit scholars employed that style, however, it failed because of the naturally rich vocabulary and literary wealth of the Thamizh language.
Sanskrit scholars, however, refused to acknowledge the real merit of Thamizh literary works. The most funny aspect in here is almost 75 % percent of the Sanskrit scholars those who ever lived in India and contributed to Sanskrit are born in the Tamil country, spoke the Thamizh language, and lived as Tamilians. Some example that can be quoted here are, Dandin the author of the Kavyadarga in Sanskrit, was a scholar from Kanchipuram in the Tamil Nadu. Sankara the exponent of Advaita philosophy, was again a Tamilian. He mentioned in his works Saint Njanasampantar, the crusader against Jainism in South India. Raamanujar, the originator of Visishtaadvaita philosophy was a Tamilian and he lived every close to Kanchipuram. Scholars, who analysed the life-style and arts of the people of the Tamil country, wrote many works on the Bharata Naatyasastra, the Carnatic music and on astrology.
But these Tamilians turned Sanskrit Scholars, instead of appreciating Thamizh, worked for the growth of Sanskrit, for reasons which may not be appropriate to be mentioned here. They called Thamizh as the language of the mortals and Sanskrit as the language of Gods. But history has punished them rightly for all that they have did, Sanskrit is no more spoken anywhere in the world now.
Though the efforts to Sanskritise Tamil no longer exist, the repercussions of those earlier efforts are still felt in society. One effect, of course, was the virulent opposition to the use of Sanskrit words in Tamil, and this opposition has not subsided even today. This could be one reason why Tamilians still refuse to accept North Indian Languages.
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