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14 Sep, 4 tweets, 1 min read
The disgusting adulteration of the Telugu language was started as a trend by Telugu poets themselves, like Sri Sri. They had no idea how deep into wretched depths the language would sink in just 3-4 decades.

The reason behind is the destruction of university courses in Telugu.
Now it is fair to say that none of the Telugu politicians can actually speak in Telugu, without switching half the sentence into English, or even switching into a full English sentence. Telugu poets, singers, film celebrities .. nobody can speak unadulterated Telugu anymore !
The decay of the Telugu language is extraordinary even within the last one decade. The current chief minister (Jagan Reddy) is educated in an English medium school, and his grip on the language is barely a shadow of his father’s (who also served as chief minister).
A decade ago, it would have been unthinkable that most of the Telugu population would be writing in English while chatting with their own family and friends on “smartphones”. Telugu script is used very rarely now. Even when Telugu words are used, they are typed in Roman script.

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2 Sep
On today starts the Pitṛpaksha fortnight, when ancestors are venerated in Hinduism. Food offerings are made to the ancestors, who partake them in the form of birds.

On this day, I want to point out an important duty that we have towards our ancestors, which is often forgotten.
First, I want to make an argument why one needs to care for one's ancestors, even if one may not believe in afterlife. The reason is that our ancestors are a living part of our own consciousness: in the language we speak, in the food we eat, in our cultural habits and so on.
It is not just our immediate ancestors within the family that we are indebted to. Indeed, we are indebted to several generations of ancestors, who have contributed to our culture, to our knowledge, and to our standard of living. Our ancestors made this world habitable for us. 🙏
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31 Aug
Nice article with some good suggestions, but I disagree with the majority of the suggestions given. 😀

An elitist strategy for AI, building centres of excellence and so on, will not give any competitive edge to India. It will simply prepare poaching grounds for US companies.
The fact is there are already a few centres of excellence in India, and they regularly publish at top AI conferences. They are also doing the hub and spokes model for disseminating AI know-how to industry. The quantity of impact is small, but proportional to the investment made.
There is a lot of buzz-wording in the article, as AI has indeed become a hype in the industry. But the reason why India must invest heavily in AI and develop know-how is not because of industry.

It is to protect our democracy. Without a democratic AI, there will be no democracy.
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21 Aug
Here is my 2 cents on the circus of US elections: Kamala Harris is not Indian American, she is a South Asian American.

About Biden vs. Trump, it’s a battle between Methadone and Viagra. One of them numbs your brain dead. The other tries to wake up what is (and ought to be) numb.
On the ridiculousness of the phrase “South Asia”: “Americans” call themselves with a name which denotes not just one, but two continents, but insist on calling an ancient civilization as if it is some province of their global empire, stripping all of its history and identity. 😏
Historically, it is not only the whole of the Indian subcontinent (suck on that phrase, idiots!) was called “India”, but even “south east Asia” was called “India Extra Gangem” (India beyond the Ganges).

There was no “South Asia”.

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18 Aug
Access to horses was the most critical factor in the success of an empire in the medieval period. Slowly but steadily, India was colonized by foreign powers after this access to horses was cut off.
Hiuen Tsang wrote of the five regions of India (Jambu Dwīpa) of which the northern region was known as the land of the horses, where men were cruel in disposition: they divide like birds going here and there, tending to their flocks of cattle.
https://t.co/ouXCvfc6Mv
One fascinating thing is that in Hiuen Tsang’s time, Xinjiang region was still being referred to by its Sanskrit name “Gōsthāna” गोस्थान (pasturage), which he writes as “Kiu-sa-tanna”. That ultimately became “Khotan”. The king called himself a descendant of Kubēra (Vaiśrāvana). Image
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1 Aug
Here is the digital version of “Datang Xiu Ji” - the descriptive geography of the “Western World” by Hiuen Tsang (Xuan Jang), translated by Samuel Beal. It is highly entertaining, different regions of India ca. ~630 AD are described with a lot of color.

mbingenheimer.net/tools/beal/xiy…
I think the map above is not fully accurate. The Chinese names of Indian regions are not very clear.

Hiuen Tsang described many kingdoms and mentioned their circumferences and distances in the Chinese unit of “Li”, which in the Tang Dynasty period was apparently 332 m (~1/3 km).
There are serious questions about the accepted timelines in Indian history when we compare with the text of Hiuen Tsang’s description. In 630 AD, the Godāvari delta region was supposed to be ruled by the Vēngi Chālukya kings (freshly conquered). They are not mentioned at all.
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In this thread, I will discuss the etymology of different communities in the Telugu speaking regions of India. A surprising number of these communities have names derived from Sanskrit, which further punctures the racist narrative of “Dravidian” group of languages.
In this earlier thread, I discussed the diabolical harm that was inflicted on the Telugu language through racist linguistic theories made up in the colonial period.
In this thread, I discussed the racist theories of Bishop Robert Caldwell, that were the very motivation and the basis for the formulation of the “Dravidian” race, and hence the “Dravidian family” of languages.

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