Special Correspondent

He interacts with students and faculty members of Vignan varsity

GUNTUR: Students and faculty members of all educational institutions should strive to protect Indian culture and heritage, which had brought us several laurels, said former State Government advisor Tripuraneni Hanuman Chowdhary.

During a formal interaction with faculty members and students of Vignan University at Vadlamudi on Friday, he advised the students to inculcate the habit of saying ‘Namaste' instead of good morning, or good night, to be more Indian. The Pragna Bharati Chairman and University Governing Board Chairman, he described the naming of Indian Ocean as a mark of respect for our country and its ethos.

"We were not poor about 1,000 years ago, it is the 700 year Islamic invaders and 300 years of British rule that made us poor," he said. Currently the country was not poor as regards knowledge and that was the reason for the then United States President George Bush to rush to India to have ties with us, while in 1998 country had to plead with Bill Clinton to come to visit the country, he observed.

This change, he said had come because India had made rapid progress in several fields, particularly science and Information Technology, which entire world had recognised. He said it was former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, who brought back the honour of the country through his policies.

Majority of US universities had Indian teachers and professors and all key scientific bodies had good presence of Indians, he said. He answered queries of students and faculty.