QuarkXPress 2018 (14.2) supports syllable-based Drop Caps support for Indian languages. Irrespective of the Drop Cap character count, if the character is a syllable, then Drop Cap will be applied on the complete syllable. On incrementing the Drop Cap character count thereafter, Drop Cap will be applied on the next character only after the count exceeds the number of glyphs composing the previous syllable.

                                                                           Drop Cap in Indic language