|From this came
the idea that what is called Hindu culture was originally Dravidian, and only latter was
borrowed by the Aryans who, however, never gave the Dravidians proper credit for it. This
idea has been used to turn the people of South India against the people of North India-as
if the southerners were a different and maligned race-and has been used to create
resentment between them.
Modern Dravidian politicians have unfortunately taken up this European idea and used it
for the purposes of Dravidian nationalism, placing the Dravidians against the North
Indians or Aryans, and trying to recreate the purity of Dravidian culture by eliminating
so-called Aryan influences, like the Vedas, which are regarded as foreign.
In this process they don't realize that they are only promoting a
modern European idea of who they are, not any original heritage. They are basing their
Dravidian nationalism not on their own culture or history but on a recent invention of