Even as cyclonic storms continue to impede work at the venue for the ensuing World Telugu Conference, which is hardly three weeks away, another problem that haunts the prestigious event is the widespread resentment among Telugu academics and language zealots for various reasons.

Ever since the government announced its decision to hold the Global Telugu socio-literary meet at Tirupati, repeated spells of cyclonic storms gripped the temple city, which has eventually turned the venue, an erstwhile tank bed, into a slush pit. It is causing serious hardship to the organisers in getting the venue ready where except levelling of the land and laying of internal roads, nothing tangible has been done.

The Telugu literary fraternity also seems to be cold-shouldering the event by giving open calls for its boycott. They are said to be unhappy over the government and those connected with the event not involving them in the finalisation of the agenda, especially the literary content for the event.

They are questioning the propriety of the Committee inviting leading Telugu academics from all universities for a ‘hurriedly convened’ meeting at Ravindra Bharathi, Hyderabad, on Wednesday when the topics for discussion had already been finalized and the topics assigned to individual scholars.

The wisdom behind convening the meet at Hyderabad instead of at Tirupati is being questioned, more so when a camp office had been set up in the TTD’s Mahati Auditorium here to facilitate a day-to-day monitoring of arrangements.

Political colour

Meanwhile, the general discontent has received a political colour with YSR Congress leader and the Tirupati legislator Bhumana Karunakar Reddy leading a protest rally.

Clad in black robes, Mr. Karunakar Reddy and others gave a milk bath to the statue of Sankarambadi Sundaracharya, renowned Telugu scholar, to register their protest over the ‘slipshod’ manner in which the government was trying to conduct a socio-literary fete.

Mr. Reddy, addressing the demonstrators, criticised the Kiran Kumar Reddy government for trying to convert the World Telugu Conference into a ‘Congress plenary’ and as a platform to further the political interests of the party and its leaders at the cost of the exchequer.

Karunakar Reddy leads protest rally, says Kiran government is trying to convert the event into Congress plenary