Q. Which of the following was/were referred to as “Manimegalai”?
1.Maratha mechanics
2.Malva smiths
3.Magadha artisans
Choose the correct answer from below given codes:

[A] 1 only

[B] 1 and 2 only

[C] 2 and 3 only

[D] 1, 2 and 3

Answer: D

Explanation: The names of persons mentioned in inscriptions on pottery reveal the presence of non-Tamil speakers, mostly traders, in certain craft centres and towns.

  • Traders from faraway regions were present in the Tamil country.
  • Manimegalai refers to Magadha artisans, Maratha mechanics, Malva smiths and Yavana carpenters working in cooperation with Tamil craftsmen.

Source: Tamil Nadu NCERT