HYDERABAD: The Telangana statehood movement has proved that linguistic states, based on the Fazal Ali Commission’s report, is a failed proposition, central information commissioner Madabhushi Sridhar has said.
He was speaking at the release of a book, ‘Telangana: State formation, political and cultural movements’, authored by Kasu Pratap Reddy at a function organised at City Central Library here on Sunday. The book traces the combination of various political and cultural forces that went into building a strong Telangana statehood movement. Sridhar said: “Even Ambedkar foresaw the failure of linguistic states. The Telangana movement has corroborated his views.”
Welcoming the Telangana State Public Service Commission’s initiative to lay emphasis on Telangana history in its recruitment examination syllabus, he said: “Finally, Telangana history is being studied by students even if it is for marks and getting jobs.”
Calling for more research in bringing out the comprehensive history of Telangana, he said there was a need to promote Telangana history even in Andhra, Rayalaseema and other parts of the country.While pointing out that the Telugu language was facing its ‘biggest threat’ from the film industry, he appealed to writers, intellectuals and people at large to safeguard the language.
Press Academy chairman Allam Narayana dwelt at length on the unexplored history of Telangana culture and said the book would come in handy for those preparing for Telangana State Public Service Commission recruitment examinations.