HYDERABAD: Autobiography of veteran journalist Potturi Venkateswara Rao, titled ‘Vidhi Naa Saradhi’, was released by governor ESL Narasimhan here on Friday.
“Potturi Venkateswara Rao stood for values in journalism. He is a symbol of integrity in journalism and role model for today’s youth. Following in his footsteps and practising the values he stood for is the best accolade we can pay him,” he said.
The function was attended by personalities from diverse fields _ politicians, bureaucrats, police officials, academicians and journalists.
Andhra Pradesh Assembly speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao said, “Integrity and courage are the two qualities which Potturi has exhibited all through his life. He has worked for the causes of diverse groups. He is as close to civil liberties’ activists as to spiritual personalities.”
Either at the newspapers he worked as editor or as honorary editor at TTD or as Telugu Bhasha Sangham president he set higher standards. His life was like a compass for all, said Siva Prasada Rao.
“Potturi is the only person who is an authority on all political developments in the past six decades and who is capable of assessing the administration and governance of chief ministers from Tanguturi Prakasam to Chandrababu Naidu to K Chandrasekhar Rao,” said AP Assembly deputy speaker Mandali Buddha Prasad.
AP chief secretary IYR Krishna Rao and rights activist G Haragopal were effusive in their praise for Potturi who had served as editor for Telugu dailies Andhra Prabha, Udayam, Eenadu and others.
“There is nothing great in looking for the positive side in other person and striving for the welfare of all. I have done those two simple things but people have been generous to me. I was inspired by Narla Venkateswara Rao during his stint as editor of Andhra Prabha, and learnt a lot from my fellow journalists,” said Potturi.