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Hyderabad: President of India Ram Nath Kovind has called Telugu a global language which can be heard, read and cherished across continents.

Addressing the valedictory function of the World Telugu Conference at LB Stadium here on Tuesday, the President said that Telugu is the language of enterprise and technology, of Indian soft power and of a vibrant Telugu-speaking Diaspora that has made a name for itself and for our country.

Though it has spread far and wide, the commitment of the Telugu Diaspora to its mother tongue and to the culture of its ancestral land remains strong.

The President said that Telugu has often been called a bridge language between the south and the north of our country. Like the Telugu people, it has been assimilative and has accepted and embraced words, thoughts and ideas from other cultures. Telugu has incorporated words from Sanskrit, Arabic, Urdu and English, among other languages.

Ram Nath Kovind said that the city of Hyderabad too was a bridge between many cultures and regions of our country. It is a pan-Indian city as well as a global metropolis. Its technology industry, pharmaceutical companies and vaccine innovators have contributed significantly to the nation.

It has thriving educational institutions and health-care centres, cinema and special effects production houses, and sports facilities. These are a matter of pride for every Indian.

“It has thriving educational institutions and health-care centres, cinema and special effects production houses, and sports facilities. These are a matter of pride for every Indian.

And Hyderabad is simply majestic as the city of biryani, badminton and Bahubali – giving the country delicious food, a string of badminton champions and films that are an expression of Indian soft power. I must add here that Telugu cuisine is very popular in Delhi, particularly the pickles.

I am sure that everybody here draws happiness from the fact that the Ease of Doing Business state rankings for 2016 were jointly topped by Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. For a new state such as Telangana to make rapid strides and show such potential as a business and industrial location is creditable,” the President said.

The President expressed happiness over the fact that the Ease of Doing Business state rankings for 2016 were jointly topped by Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

He stated that for a new state such as Telangana to make rapid strides and show such potential as a business and industrial location is creditable. He congratulated to the people and government of Telangana and appreciated the success in hosting the recent Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

Ram Nath Kovind said that the continued success of both Telugu-speaking states (Telangana and Andhra Pradesh) is a subject of enormous satisfaction.

The President said that the five-day conference has been a tribute to the richness and heritage of the Telugu language. “Telugu is the second-most spoken language in our country.

It is the mother tongue of the people of two states, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Since 2008, it has been recognised as a classical language for its long literary tradition – a tradition of which even the Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, is an important part. I am told he has a keen understanding of Telugu literature.

The history of Telugu culture and literature has given so much to our country and to human civilisation. The greatest emperor of the Vijayanagara Empire, Krishna Deva Raya, was both a remarkable ruler as well as an exponent and patron of Telugu literature. There are so many others who contributed to the ethos of this soil,” he said.

“In recent times, three of India’s Presidents and my distinguished predecessors have been Telugu speakers – Dr S. Radhakrishnan, V.V. Giri and Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy. And P.V. Narasimha Rao, a scholar and Prime Minister, knowledgeable in many languages but truly an authority in Telugu, too was from this region,” he reminded.

The President said a thousand years ago, Nannaya Bhattaraka wrote rules of grammar and also rendered the Mahabharat into Telugu. Soon after him came the illustrious poet Tikkana. In the 19th century, the writings and plays of Gurazada Apparao inspired the nation building process.

The poet Sri Sri wrote of the struggles of common people. Vattikota Alwar Swamy was a poet, novelist and activist – respected even by those who disagreed with him. The poems and songs of Daasarathi are still sung. Telugu has been a language of learning and wisdom, of protest and liberty, of national pride and universal values.

To this day, the compositions of Tyagaraja remain central to Carnatic classical music. And bhakti songs of Annamacharya continue to be the bedrock of faith and tradition. We cannot forget that this is the land of Komaram Bheem who inspired tribal communities to become conscious of their rights to forests and natural resources.

Or Chityala Ailamma, a brave woman, from an underprivileged community, who stood up to feudalism, he said.

“A hundred years ago Bhagya Reddy Varma was a political leader and social reformer at the forefront of the battle against untouchability.

Pingali Venkayya designed what eventually became our national flag. Alluri Sitarama Raju was a revolutionary leader in the struggle against the British. And Swami Ramanand Tirtha not only led a mass movement against an oppressive social and political system but was also integral to Hyderabad’s integration into the newly independent India.

Of course, I have mentioned only a few names. There are many more. Today Telugu is a global language,” he said.

Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao and other dignitaries were also spoke. (INN)

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