International Mother Tongue Day observed

The International Mother Tongue Day (Maathru Bhasha Dinothsavam) coming as it did in the backdrop of the recently-concluded World Telugu Conference, was celebrated with fervour and zeal by the Telugu zealots and academics, here on Thursday.

The Telugu Bhashodyama Samithi has organised a pictorial show at the TTD-run S.V. Oriental School where it kept on display the portraits of legendary Telugu poets and writers besides a hoarding highlighting popular Telugu verses and adages.

Initiating the deliberations as the chief guest at the meet, noted writer ‘Namini’ expressed anguish that the present day youth in their blind craze for western culture and English language, were unfortunately in a ‘neither here nor there’ predicament—losing their moorings of Telugu and Telugu culture and at the same time failing to acquire even a fairly reasonable working knowledge of English.

Sakam Nagaraja, founder president of the Samithi hailed the decisions of the State Government in the aftermath of the WTC, to vigorously implement usage of Telugu in the official correspondence at Secretariat and the Collectorates besides making Telugu compulsory in the curriculum from Class 1 to X.

Nadendla Srimannarayana, head of the Samithi and recipient of the Best Teacher Award attributed all social aberrations in the society to the erosion of love and affection for Mother India and Mother Tongue.

Among the other participants were language-enthusiasts and writers like Gangavarapu Sridevi, B.S.R. Sharma, Peruru Balasubramanyam, Mungara Sasidhar Raju, Malleswar Rao.

Meanwhile, Congress leaders led by PCC Joint Secretary P. Naveen Kumar Reddy observed the day by giving a ‘milk bath’ and offering floral tributes to the ‘Telugu Talli’ statue installed at Tirupati on the eve of the WTC.

Pledge

He also got a pledge taken by the school students who turned up for the programme.


  • Noted writer Namini expresses anguish at youth’s love for English language

  • Call to make Telugu compulsory in the official correspondence at Secretariat, all Collectorates