Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has stressed the need for a popular movement to preserve Telugu and complement the government’s efforts to pass the benefits of the language and traditions on to future generations.
Mr. Venkaiah Naidu attended the sixth 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. Venkaiah Naidu called for a concerted effort to preserve, enrich and disseminate indigenous languages, cultures and traditions.
“The people of Telugu should come together on a single platform to revive the Telugu language and revitalize our local traditions,” he said.
On the grounds that neglecting one language would lead to its decline, the Vice-President felt it was everyone’s duty to preserve and promote their own mother tongue without degrading other languages and cultures.
Mr. Venkaiah Naidu also underlined the need for primary education in the mother tongue, as foreseen in the National Education Policy 2020.
He noted that the people currently holding senior constitutional offices in the country, including the President, Vice President, Prime Minister and Chief Justice of India, had their primary education in their native language, belittling the popular myth that learning is in the their own mother tongue would not help them to 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 the participants of the virtual event.