"The German Connection" (August 23) recalled the passion and zeal of the German missionary Ziegenbalg who came to Tamil Nadu to propagate Christianity and ended up as an ardent student of Tamil language and literature and evolved into a great scholar who enriched the language with his priceless contribution, using a rudimentary printing press in obscure Tranquebar. Besides, he took an interest in Hinduism in contrast to the religious parochialism we are familiar with. Likewise, another German scholar Max Mueller made a similar contribution to Sanskrit literature. These two scholars kindled and kept alive German interest in Indological studies for which we should remain grateful.C. P. Srinivasan
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