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Who will protect Telugu language and culture: Mandali Buddha Prasad

G. Venkataramana Rao
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Andhra Pradesh Official Language Commission Chairman Mandali Buddha Prasad. Photo: Nagara Gopal
The Hindu Andhra Pradesh Official Language Commission Chairman Mandali Buddha Prasad. Photo: Nagara Gopal

The proposed division of Andhra Pradesh is against the fundamental ideology of the Congress party, said the Andhra Pradesh Official Language Commission Chairman.

The proposed division of Andhra Pradesh, the first State to be carved out on a linguistic basis, is against the fundamental ideology of the Congress party, Andhra Pradesh Official Language Commission Chairman Mandali Buddha Prasad has said.

Talking to The Hindu here on Thursday, Mr Buddha Prasad said that a Congress party leader conceived the formation of states on linguistic basis as early as 1924. The Congress party endorsed the decision to form states on the linguistic basis in 1934. In 1946 the party decided that Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka would be formed on linguistic basis and the same was put in its election manifesto.

In 1948 the Constituent Assembly appointed the Dhar Commission to examine the issue of forming linguistic states, but the commission did not recommend linguistic states.

The Congress Party then appointed a three-member committee with Jawaharlal Nehru, Vallabhai Patel and Pattabhi Seetharamaiah to look into the matter. The committee, popularly called the JVP Committee, recommended the formation of Andhra Pradesh with undisputed Telugu areas. After that other states in South India were also formed on the linguistic basis.

The language of all the states in North India was Hindi and therefore it was made the national language. The proposed division of a State formed on linguistic basis had several ramifications on the development and protection of the culture and language. The Central Government through several programmes had protected and promoted Hindi. The Andhra Pradesh Government was doing the same for Telugu.

While six crore Telugus live in the State another two crore live in other States and other countries. The Andhra Pradesh government was conducting conferences and programmes till now. Who will do this in future? Unless steps were taken to protect and promote language they perish. History was full of examples, he said.

Mr. Buddha Prasad recalled how he entered politics in the peak of the Jai Andhra Movement when his father Mandali Venkata Krishna Rao was one of the three Ministers who opposed the division of the State.

His family was socially boycotted for that and his father was asked to stay in Hyderabad fearing attacks by Jai Andhra movement activists.

Prakash,
This is a mis-information being spread by telangana supporters from long time. No one is imposing anyone version of Telugu. Its a misconception. In coastal Andhra, rayalaseema itself there are many dialetcs, accents of telugu. Even in telangana telugu has many dialects and accents. Khammam, Nalgonda are close to Krishna/Godavari. HYD Telugu has many urdu words. Nizamabad has marathi influence.In Telugu movies there are many directors and lyrics writers from Telangana and all are enjoying the movies.In Hyderabad there are many who can't speak telugu but living happily since decades. AP is the only state in south which has urdu as 2nd official language. So where is a imposition of ones language arise? Please stop spreading mis-information. Anyway I support telanagana and Vidarbha and some more smaller states for administrative progress

Regards,
Anil

from:  anil
Posted on: Aug 18, 2013 at 12:21 IST

Why Mr. Mandali Buddha Prasad, Andhra Pradesh Official Language Commission
Chairman, is so worried of protection of Telugu language and culture in bifurcated
Telugu state? Telugu people in 2 states protect their language and culture, the way
13 Hindi speaking states in India are protecting their language and culture

from:  J.D.GOUD
Posted on: Aug 17, 2013 at 01:03 IST

Telugu language and culture are surviving since centuries. If the credit is attached to the congress party for its survival it is nothing but deceit. Formation of state administrative boundaries is the prerogative of central govt. under constitution which guides the Rajadharama. Telugu will survive all the times.

from:  S V Vijaya Kumar
Posted on: Aug 16, 2013 at 15:20 IST

My question to prasad is that "who are protecting the language of hindi" spoken in many states ? I don't know why some people speaks as if they don't know about procedures in state division and after division both states can put common Telugu Platform "

from:  narenderreddy kampelli
Posted on: Aug 16, 2013 at 14:46 IST

Who will protect the unique language and culture of Telangana ? Let him answer this first. Is he OK with destroying Telangana language and culture , in the garb of "Telugu unity" ?

Mr. Mandali Buddha Prasad should explain what joy he gets by imposing the Seemandhra dialect of Telugu on Telangana, and forcing Telangana to accept their version of Telugu as "Standard Telugu". He should also explain why due recognition was not given to culture of Telangana .Festivals like Bathukamma and Bonalu were given scant respect.

In a de-merged Andhra Pradesh, Seemandhra can protect Seemandhra language and culture, and Telangana will protect Telangana language and culture, rather than Seemandhra-walas forcing their language and culture on Telanganaites, and making them accept their alien culture.

Seemandhra culture is more closely related to Tamil culture influenced by Britishers, whereas Telangana culture is more influenced by the Muslim rulers and incorporates their cultural practices.

from:  Prakash
Posted on: Aug 16, 2013 at 14:20 IST
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