Caught unawares

"Had I known that they (ACB team) was coming, I would have moved out of the city," replied Superintendent of Police (Visakhapatnam rural) J.G. Murali nonchalantly when the media shot a volley of questions at him even as the Anti-Corruption Bureau sleuths were searching for evidence inside his residence last week.

The SP was still fast asleep when the ACB team arrived in jeeps, belonging to the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC), giving no chance for him to escape.

Interestingly, only a few days ago the Superintendent of Police had overshadowed the Deputy Transport Commissioner and the RTC Regional Manager with his gift of the gab at a joint meeting convened to discuss the growing accidents in the district and suggest remedial measures. He virtually `hijacked' the meeting and hardly gave any chance for the others to speak and projected himself as an `upright' officer who had no ego.

"I don't own a single house anywhere in the country. If they (ACB) find any house in my name let them take it," he said without showing any sign of fear.

"Ultimately the ACB investigations will bring out the truth," he signed off.

Remembering great poet

Plans are afoot to celebrate the birth centenary of poet Srirangam Srinivasa Rao, popularly known as Sri Sri, in 2010.

The yearlong celebrations from April 30, 2009, should rekindle interest in his poetry among the younger generation.

The poems of Sri Sri known for revolutionary content and rhythmic energy influenced generations of people.

Perhaps, organising lectures in schools and colleges on his poetry, sessions reciting his poems and putting them in perspective and their relevance now will make youth aware of the social commitment and love for mankind poets espouse. Great poets are always revered by people cutting across barriers of language.

For instance, Subrahmanya Bharathi evokes respect among Telugus whose language he acknowledged as `beautiful'. Saint-composer Tyagaraja's Telugu kirtanas perhaps have more ardent followers in Tamil Nadu.

Sri Sri's poems may also help the current generation know their language and create a renewed interest in poetry.

B. Madhu Gopal and G.V. Prasada Sarma