Telugus pride themselves for their language being the second largest spoken in the country but more than half of the words they use in their routine conversation are English. Padmasri awardee, Sahitya Akademi winner in both Telugu and Hindi and at present Chairman of AP Hindi Akademi Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad points out that we can’t avoid English even in the case of spiritual matters.

We have no patience to say Archananantara Darshanam (a ritual in Sri Venkateswara Swamy temple, Tirumala) and find it easy to say AAD. This is not the only one English shortcut but have many while referring to the Tirumala temple and other temples. Dr. Lakshmi Prasad made this observation while speaking at the Veyyella Telugu Velugu programme organised in Andhra University campus as one of the measures to propagate Telugu and also introduce it to non-Telugu speaking people, particularly the Hindi-speaking people.

Interestingly, the AP Hindi Akademi sponsored the programme and it is heartening to witness a good number of students turning up for the programme.

Blessing in disguise

The last two meetings of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation were held on two successive Saturdays. The reason for scheduling the meetings on Saturdays is the provision that when the Assembly and Parliament are in session, the Municipal Council or other local body meetings should be held on the days convenient for MPs and MLAs. But the Saturday meeting comes as a blessing in disguise for the corporation.

When the corporation general body meets, lunch is arranged. On Saturday, only vegetarian meal is served as on that day people generally do not take non-vegetarian. Around 300 persons take the lunch.

The difference of cost between a vegetarian and a non-vegetarian meal is Rs.75 and an asterisk mark (i.e., taxes as applicable). Besides good economics, it’s ‘health-wise’ too.

The debate continues

The debate over the merits and demerits of the LPG (Liberalisation, Privatisation and Globalisation) policies continues even 15 years after the LPG policies were introduced in the country.

Former Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University K.V. Ramana was critical of globalisation.

He felt that it was more of an exercise aimed at promoting the interests of the developed nations by creating markets for their goods and services in developing countries.

A representative of Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) A. Radhakrishnan Nair was more practical in his approach.

Globalisation has both merits and demerits and it is for us to train our youth to face the challenges.

Andhra University Registrar P. Vijay Prakash gave ample food for thought to students and youth on the subject by giving examples from his own experience.

He said: “In 1970, I had to wait in queue for 24 hours to register my name for a gas connection.

When I had to buy a scooter in 1976, I had to pay a deposit of Rs.500 and wait for two years for delivery of the vehicle.

Today, make a telephone call, and half-a-dozen executives would knock at your door to deliver the vehicle of your choice.”

There are two sides to every coin. The relative merits and demerits should be considered in arriving at a conclusion.

Cashing in on meets

National and international seminars are held at regular intervals during the end of the financial year.

Though a handful of experts attend from neighbouring countries, the organisers brand it as international conference. A few attending from outside the State will give them the eligibility to call it a national event.

The reason for conferences being hosted in such a feverish pitch is the reason that before the year-end, certain funds have to be availed of.

Failure to do so results in lapsing of funds motivating many to conduct conferences on various topics.

G. Narasimha Rao,

G.V.Prasada Sarma, B. Madhu Gopal and Santosh Patnaik