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AP govt hails Tamil Nadu High Court verdict

AP govt hails Tamil Nadu High Court verdict
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The State government welcomed the verdict of the Tamil Nadu State High Court upholding the Central government’s decision to confirm classical language status to Telugu.

Hyderabad: The State government welcomed the verdict of the Tamil Nadu State High Court upholding the Central government’s decision to confirm classical language status to Telugu.

Speaking at a press conference here on Monday, Minister for I&PR and Culture Palle Raghunatha Reddy said that the Centre had issued orders recognising Telugu as a classical language.


Highlights:

  • Minister Palle Raghunatha Reddy says the judgement helps the govt secure more funds from the Centre for further development of the language
  • Points out Telugu is the language spoken by highest number of people in the nation after Hindi
  • Govt told to shift the classical language chair from Mysore to Rajamahendravaram

The same was challenged in the Tamil Nadu High Court though a writ petition. However, “The TN State High Court has upheld the Centre’s decision after recognising that the Telugu language meets all necessary parameters to qualify to be a classical language,” he said.

The Minister said Telugu is the language spoken by highest number of people after Hindi, in India and abroad and it is a moment of pride for all of them.

He said that Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has taken the issue seriously and engaged prominent lawyers to present the view of the State justifying the Centre’s orders of confirming classical status to Telugu. He said that the judgement cleared all the decks in accessing Central funding for the development of Telugu language.

This would enable taking up research and development in Telugu language and literature, propagation, setting up of libraries, museums and other basic facilities, including introducing modern technology needed, he said.

In addition, the classical language status would also help in giving a fillip to the efforts of the State government in introducing the various genres of the language and culture of Telugu.

For this, it would also help in studying the efforts being made in other States in promoting their classical languages and to explore replicating the same in the State.

Raghunatha Reddy said that the Telugu Chair is currently located in Mysore and the government would make efforts to bring it to the State. And, “if it is not possible then the State government would ask the Centre to start another chair in the State,” he said.

Meanwhile, BJP MLA from Rajamahendravaram (Urban) Akula Satyanaryaana demanded that the State government should establish the classical language chair of Telugu at Rajamahendravaram.

Speaking to The Hans India, he said, “Telugu University is yet to be divided between the two Telugu speaking States as per the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act and the State government promised to bring it here on division. Rajamahendravaram is the suitable place to move the classical chair from Mysore,” he said.

Taking a similar view, Rajamahendravaram Rural MLA Gorantla Buchaiah Chowdary said, “We will ask the State government to bring the classical language chair from Mysore to Rajamahendravaram.”

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