Brahui - Is this the connecting link!!!

Can you name some Dravidian Languages? I know I know you can. You would have by now listed Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam. Did you also mention Brahui? Where is this language spoken? How many people speak this language? What is so special about Brahui, that it deserved a mention in this blog?

Brahui is a language of Dravidian family just like Tamil, Telugu etc. Amazingly, it is not spoken in India or Srilanka. Rather, it spoken mainly in Pakistan. It is also spoken in parts of Iran and Afghanistan. There are a little more than 2 million people who know Brahui. They live mainly in Baluchistan.

What is a Dravidian language doing in Pakistan? The origin of Brahui people is a mystery.

It is popular believe that as Aryan expanded into Indian sub-continent they pushed people of Indus Valley Civilization to the southern part. Are Brahui a small group of people living in Indus Valley Civilization who despite all odds refused to move south? Or Are they people who migrated to Baluchistan at some other point in history? Or is the entire concept that Aryan pushed original inhabitants of Indus Valley Civilization itself flawed.

You can read more about Brahui at following links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahui_language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahui_people
http://34.1911encyclopedia.org/B/BR/BRAHUI.htm
http://www.brahui.tk/
http://salrc.uchicago.edu/workshops/afghanistan/Brahui.pdf( This is the best)

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