Ullaganar is a well known scholar in a wide range of fields related to Tamil Language, Linguistics, Psychology, Dravidian and Sumerian studies.
His parents were settlers in Malaysia from South India who had a small business in Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia. When the second world war broke out they travelled to India for safety and security. Ullaganar was born in India during this time in the thick of the Second World War on 3-5-1942.
Returned to Malaysia and began schooling in the Saraswathi Tamil School, Sg. Petani, Kedah. He continued his studies in Penang Free School where he won a Colombo Plan scholarship to study Mathematics and Philosophy (as an option) in the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand in the years 1962-1966. After being trained as teacher for a year in 1967, he started teaching in the King George V School in Seremban. Got married in the year 1972, was transferred to the Curriculum Development Centre of the Ministry of Education, Kuala Lumpur as the Assistant Director of Research and Educational Technology. He was later sent to the University of London to study Masters in Cognitive Psychology and continued his PhD in the same field but through the technique of ‘Hermeneutic Discourse Analysis’, an interesting contribution of Ullaganar
In the year 1979 he was borrowed by the University Science Malaysia and appointed as a lecturer in Educational Psychology and Deputy Director of Project InsPIRE, a project for developing a programmed instructional system for Rural Primary Schools.
After several years of active teaching and research in many fields he retired in the year 1997 but continued his research even after retirement. He continues to research and publish in the internet to this day.
Ullaganar's researches are quite wide and range from Tamil Language, Linguistics, Psychology, Sumerian Studies, Dravidian Philosophy to the Sacred Literature in Tamil. He has published many papers and books on these areas both in English and Tamil. The following are the broad areas of his studies:
Linguistics: Process Calculus and Grammar
SumeruTamil Studies : Evolutionary Historical Linguistics
Vedic Tamil Studies
Saiva Siddhanta Studies
History of Dravidian Philosophies
Among all these researches, his most outstanding findings will be the following:
1. His finding that the oldest written language in the world, which is Sumerian is actually archaic Tamil, probably Tamil of the first Sangam. This is a ground-breaking finding as the westerners always classify Sumerian as language isolate. This finding means that the oldest civilization in the world is a Tamil civilization.
2. The second important finding is that the base of Sanskrit is Tamil. Sanskrit language has always been associated by the western world as Indo-European language, when in truth it has its base as Tamil.
Initially his findings were met with strong opposition, but now it is slowly being accepted. Professor Clyde Winters agrees that Sumerian language is Tamil. Professor Asko Parpola also says that the Haparra and Mahenjo Daro civilization could be a Tamil civilization and the language they used as Tamil.
Ullaganar has done such an in-depth study that his research stands on rock-solid evidence. His studies are based on what he calls ‘Dravidian Evolutional Linguistics’ which is derived from Tolkapiyam, Veer (Root) Linguistics of Paavanar as well as Aurobindo’s Linguistics studies, which is far more scientific then the ‘Constructive Linguistics’.
His interview is also available in Youtube at the following link:
Even though Ullaganar has passed the age of 70 years, his research on Tamil continues to this day. It is time the world, in particular the Tamil world recognises his great work and service to our Mother Tamil!
“Tamils are probably the only ones in the whole world who have changed religion into a field of science’’