Protect mother tongue Telugu: Venkaiah

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today stressed the need for protecting mother tongue Telugu and transform it to future generations. The Vice President said that Goddess Saraswathi blessed us with language, arts, word and literature which should be protected for posterity.

Addressing the 75th anniversary of Telangana Saraswatha Parishath as chief guest here, Venkaiah expressed concern that youth and people are crazy of English and swiftly ignoring Telugu in the guise of modernisation. He said that there is a misunderstanding in the society that the youth can get jobs and employment only through English. This is totally wrong and Telugu should be given top priority, he said and appreciated Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for his efforts for development of Telugu language and literature in the state. The British rulers left English here while getting back to their country after Independence and now the people are still crazy of it, he expressed displeasure. ‘Wherever I go I used to talk on protecting the mother tongue may it be any other regional language which strengthened unity in diversity of our country’, the vice president noted.

Knowledge should not just be confined to literature as it stressed the need for intellect, technology and awareness, he said. The Vice President also said that one can get more knowledge by questioning and ascertaining about the things. It is noteworthy and unprecedented that Saraswatha Parishat had put in efforts to protect Telugu language and literary values during Nizam Rule which gave priority for Urdu in erstwhile Hyderabad state.

He also launched a book on the occasion. Those who attended the program include Deputy Chief Minister Mahamood Ali, Government Advisor KV Ramanachary and others.(NSS)