The Dravidians as Preservers of Vedic culture
Through the long and cruel Islamic assault on India, South
India became the land of refuge for Vedic culture, and to a great extent remains so to the
present day. The best Vedic chanting, rituals and other traditions are preserved in South
India. It is ironic therefore that the best preservers of Aryan culture in India have been
branded as non-Aryan.
Dravidians do not have to feel that Vedic culture is any
more foreign to them than it is to the people of North India. They need not feel that they
are racially different than the people of the north.
They need not feel that they are losing their original
culture by using Sanskrit. Nor need nor they feel that they have to assert themselves
against north India or Vedic culture to protect their real heritage.
has never suppressed indigenous cultures or been opposed to cultural variations, as have
the monolithic conversion religions of Christianity and Islam. The Vedic rishis and yogis
encouraged the development of local traditions. They established sacred places in all the
regions in which their culture spread. They did not make everyone have to visit a single
holy place like Mecca, Rome or Jerusalem. Nor did they find local or tribal deities as
something to be eliminated as heathen or pagan. They respected the common human aspiration
for the Divine that we find in all cultures and encouraged diversity and uniqueness in our
approach to it.