“Panchanga Pathanam”, the reading of the new almanac, by scholar Kappaganthu Subbarama Somayaji at Siddhartha auditorium on the occasion of Ugadi on Tuesday marked predictions about the social, political and cultural life of the people during the Vikruthanama Telugu New Year.

Referring to the agitations for and against the separate statehood, Subbarama Somayaji predicted that political unrest would continue for some more time with people continuing to suffer on this count. The separate statehood demand was certain to get attention sooner than later leading to the formation of a separate State in one or two years. “I said this in my readings in previous years as well. I am saying this again. It cannot be prevented. It is just a matter of time,” he asserted.

The scholar said that going by this year's almanac, the people of the State would continue to suffer because of the policies of the government and it was for them to sort out and find solutions to their individual problems on their own. There would be no relief from the rulers and the woes of the public would continue to grow in the New Year as well.

Explaining about the nature of the New Year, Subbarama Somayaji said that the “Vikrutha” nature was nothing unusual but something that would come out of “Prakruthi” (nature) itself. The year will be good for people of some zodiac signs, while traders, businesspeople, students and farmers will have to tide over small hurdles before reaping in benefits. About the status of Hyderabad, he said it would not be possible to predict about the future of a place or a city but the bifurcation of the State was certain to happen.

The Mummaneni Subba Rao Siddhartha Kalapeetham, the cultural wing of the Siddhartha Academy, organised the programme. Academy president S.V. Vishnuvardhana Rao, secretary N. Venkateswarlu, vice-president M. Rajaiah, noted physicians Ch. Nageswara Rao, Ch. Sudha and others were present.

A mixed bag!

“It is only in the name, but everything else will go in tune with nature.'' The words of D.N. Dikshit, who read the ‘panchanga sravanam' ushering the `Vikritinama Samvastara', would have soothed the nerves of the people gathered at the Ugadi Sambaralu held by the District Cultural Council at the renovated Sri Venkateswara Vignana Mandiram on Tuesday.

The Head of Department, Sanskrit, Hindu College went on to say to the New Year would live up to the expectations of the people of the State hit by calamities in the previous year.

He predicted that some long term solutions would come and diffuse the crisis engulfing the State. The year would be good for students, information sector and professionals, while the production of Oil Seeds, Rice and Wheat would go up.

Major Industries Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana expressed hope that the New Year would usher in peace and stability and added that under the guidance of experiences Chief Minister K. Rosaiah, the State would again march ahead.

District Collector B. Ramjanjaneyulu, who was dressed in traditional attire with a shirt, dhoti, assured the gathering that he along with all the district officials would continue to work for development of the district and upliftment of weaker sections of the society. Agricultural Market Committee Chairman Lella Appireddy, M.L.Cs Rayapati Srinivas, K.S. Lakshmana Rao and other departmental heads were present.

Traditional dances by Sahiti Prakhya from Tenali were the highlight of the programme.

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