Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu stressed the need for a popular movement to preserve our mother tongue and complement the government’s efforts to convey the benefits of our language and traditions to future generations.
The Vice President attended the 6th annual conference “Rashtretara Telugu Samakhya”, which was held virtually from the city on Sunday, as the main guest.
Highlighting the power of language to unite people across generations and regions, Mr. Naidu called for concerted efforts to preserve, enrich and spread our languages, cultures and traditions.
He suggested that the Telugu people should unite on a single platform for the cause of the Telugu language and the revival of our local traditions.
On the grounds that neglecting a language would lead to its decline, the Vice-President considered it the duty of every individual to preserve and promote their own mother tongue without diminishing other languages and cultures.
Mr. Naidu also underlined the need for primary education to be in one’s own mother tongue, as foreseen in the National Education Policy 2020.
He noted that the people currently holding the highest constitutional offices in the country, including the President, Vice President, Prime Minister and Chief Justice of India, all had elementary education in their native language, belittling the popular myth that learning the tongue of their own mother would not help them achieve their chosen goals in life.
The Vice President also called for more initiatives to translate Telugu literature into other Indian languages in order to spread the wealth of Telugu language and tradition far and wide.
Recognizing that many cultural organizations continued to work online after the pandemic, he suggested stepping up efforts to integrate language and technology in the same vein.
Given that there were more than a thousand organizations for the preservation and dissemination of the Telugu language outside the Telugu states, the Vice President praised the organizers’ initiative to join forces on a common platform called “Rashtretara Telugu Samakhya”.
Himachal Pradesh Governor Bandaru Dattatreya, Minister for Women’s and Child Development and Welfare, Government of West Bengal, Shashi Panja, Former Deputy Speaker of Andhra Pradesh, Mandali Buddha Prasad, President of the All India Telugu Federation CMK Reddy and President of Rashtrethara Telugu Samakhya Sundara Rao to those who were present at the virtual event.