Tamil had its own pride of place until Marathi and Nayak rulers entered here. Later on, we on our own got enticed by English.
I personally feel learning any number of languages is good; but, learning one's mother tongue is a must.
I support RVR in voting for Tamil. A Tamil Brahmin shall never feel shy to call himself a Tamilian first. If Sanskrit is used for divine purposes, it doesn't mean Tamil cannot meet that objective. (Please see my another thread captioned "Functional language of Hinduism" posted a few months ago).
Simply because Tamil is spoken by all and sundry, many of us have a low opinion about it. That's wrong.
A language doesn't earn its honour and pride, because of the social status of the people speaking it.
I know many or most of the kids nowadays choose Sanskrit, French or Hindi as second lanugage in their school. The argument put forth by them is a student cannot score high marks in Tamil, howsoever brilliant he might be. This also has been disproved. Many students in their SSLC or +12 have scored 100% marks in Tamil in the past few years.
Let us shun the aversion for Tamil, because of the liking we have for Sanskrit or English.
At least as a language, Tamil must be taught and learnt until one attains the age of 12 years.
Sanskrit alone is not 'deva bhasha' and all others are not 'paisaasa bhashas'.
The Tamils living in/from Sri Lanka and those in Malaysia/Singapore or France have achieved so many wonders in different fields. Learning Tamil never was never an obstacle in their progress.
By saying that we call came from the north or the Sindhu region, we have unwittingly alienated ourselves in Tamilnadu and have earned the dislike and hatred of the local population.
Brahmins in Kerala are considered 'Malayalis', Brahmins in Karnataka are accepted as 'Kannadigas', Brahmins in A.P. are treated as 'Telugus'. But, what about Tamil Brahmins?
No useful purpose will be served in blaming NBs alone for this.
I am really very sad to note that nearly 60% of our children do not learn Tamil at all, even in primary level.