Search On for Icons and Emblem of the New Telangana State
By V V Balakrishna | Published: 19th April 2014 07:39 AM |
The Telangana State will get its separate icons and emblem after the Appointed Day. This includes the new emblem for the State government, new song and others. Officials are busy finalising the emblem for the State to run the official business from June 2.
A new State song will also be finalised for the new State. It may be recalled here that there were a lot of objections from T-agitators about the present State song “Maa Telugu Talliki...”. Some T-organisations even promoted “Jaya Jayahe Telangana Janani...” as T State’s new song.
Whether the first government of Telangana would adopt this song or select any other song depends on which party comes to power. All the icons would be finalised by the political leadership, sources said. The united Andhra Pradesh’s State bird is Palapitta (Indian roller), State animal is Blackbuck and the tree is Neem. These icons may be continued for the residuary Andhra Pradesh. But, the Telangana State, if it is interested, may search for a new bird, animal and tree.
“The Indian roller’s population is spread both in Andhra and Telangana. The population of Blackbuck is high in East Godavari. Blackbucks are also there in Adilabad and Karimnagar districts. Neem trees are seen more in Telangana than Andhra Pradesh,” a senior official of the Forest Department said. He, however, hastened to add that if Telangana wanted a separate identity it may change the State bird, animal and tree. It may be mentioned here that all the States created, including the three formed recently, adopted a new bird, animal and tree to get a separate identity.
The old icons were continued for the original State and the new States had identified new icons. When Uttarakhand was carved out of UP, the latter continued Swamp Deer as its animal, Sarus Crane as its bird and Ashok as its tree, But, Uttarakhand adopted Musk Deer as its animal, Himalayan Monal as its bird and Burans as tree. However, Uttarakhand continued Brahm Kamal as the State flower, which was also the State flower for UP.
It’s pertinent to note that the Nagarjuna Sagar Project Tiger is spread in Nalgonda and Mahbubnagar districts of Telangana, and Kurnool, Prakasm and Guntur districts in Seemandhra.