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New school textbooks sans official song

New school textbooks sans official song
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The new school textbooks in Telangana for the next academic year will not have its own State anthem. It is due to inordinate delay in finalising the...

Hyderabad: The new school textbooks in Telangana for the next academic year will not have its own State anthem. It is due to inordinate delay in finalising the anthem by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao. Telangana State’s anthem Jaya Jaya Hey Telangana Janani Jayakethanam penned by Dr Ande Sri has not been officially cleared. While Rao had cleared State’s official bird, animal, flower etc, he is yet to finalise the anthem.

Department of School Education Commissioner and Director T Chiranjeevulu said the government did not take final decision on the official anthem. “The printing of the textbook for the next academic year has already begun and will be completed by May 31. By June 15 textbooks will be distributed to the students,” Chiranjeevulu said.

According to sources close the Chief Minister, KCR wanted some changes to the anthem as it should feature the aspirations for formation of the new state. Now the State is formed, lyrics of the anthem have to be changed. Further the Chief Minister has felt that the anthem is too lengthy and needs to be pruned. “KCR has plans to increase the number of districts from 10 to 19. Besides, the song has several verses that need to be cut down.

Hence he has put the anthem on hold,” a senior official of Cultural and Language Department said. In the united Andhra Pradesh, the textbooks featured Maa Telugu Talliki Mallepoodanda song and it was recited by the students in the morning prayers. The CMO sources said that there was no question of reciting Ma Telugu Talliki song in the prayers. “What is the point in reciting the song even after formation of Telangana? Instructions to the department concerned regarding the same were given,” sources added.

By: Yuvraj Akula

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