Many people are in joy after the release of Keezhadi excavation report by Tamil Nadu Minister Mafoi.K.Pandiarajan but at the same few groups are trying to give political shades to it and derive benefits out of it. Truths about these excavations are not being taken to the common people and let’s explore these truths in this article.
There are traces of rich literacy among Tamil people due to the findings of Tamil Brahmi script and the use of stylus for writing, which contradicts the views of Periyar EV Ramasamy, who told that Tamil people were barbarians and lacked the ability to think on their own.
“I am an Indian for seventy years, but a Tamil person for two thousand years” is a statement that is commonly circulated in social media by separatists for notorious purposes to pitch Tamil pride against national unity. According to the results of this study, the identity of Indian seems to have been present even two thousand six hundred years ago. Keezhadi has the presence of same beats that were found in places like Gujarat and Maharashtra, symbols and letters that were found in Indus valley civilization were found in Keezhadi and such findings emphasize the continuity of Indian civilization.
Nation and country are two different things. Country just denotes the landmass under one common central rule but the idea of nation comes from a common identity. Tamil separatists give a color that India is a country comprising of different nation states but the Keezhadi findings rebutted the narratives of Tamil separatists as the findings emphasize the presence of common identity throughout India and the continuity of Indian civilization.
Many media houses like BBC, who side with Tamil separatists, say that there was no religion in ancient Tamil land just because there were no findings about religious symbols but whether this finding is enough to come to such a conclusion is a big question. There is a famous saying that “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence”. Keezhadi findings don’t conclude the findings about Tamil civilization. There is lot more to be found about the lives of ancient Tamil people. Hinduism has aspects like tree worship and Keezhadi findings don’t give conclusion about such forms of worship. Multiple terracotta faces are found, out of which 13 are human images and 3 are images of animals. Why can’t these be images of worship as Hindus worship gods in both animal and human forms?
Keezhadi report also mentioned about the presence of weaving industry at various levels of development at the time.
“Recovery of 10 spindle whorls, 20 sharply pin pointed bone tip tools used for design creations, hanging stones of the yarn, terracotta spheres, copper needle and earthen vessels to hold liquid clearly attest the various stages of weaving industry from spinning, yarning, looming and weaving, later for dyeing. The archaeological findings of the Excavation wing of Archaeological Survey of India at this site confirmed of the dyeing industry.” it said.