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President Kovind addresses World Telugu Conference in Hyderabad
President Ram Nath Kovind while addressing the valedictory function of the World Telugu Conference in Hyderabad on December 19 said that Telugu was a global language that was being spoken across continents.

Though Telugu had spread far and wide, the commitment of the Telugu Diaspora to its mother tongue and to the culture of its ancestral land remained strong, he stated.

He added that Telugu was also the language of enterprise and technology which has made a name for itself and for India. He expressed happiness for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh being top-ranked jointly for Ease of Doing Business in the country and congratulated the people and government of Telangana for the success in hosting the recent Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad.

Here are excerpts from his released speech.

-Telugu has been a language of learning and wisdom, of protest and liberty, of national pride and universal values. To this day, the compositions of Tyagaraja remain central to Carnatic classical music. And bhakti songs of Annamacharya continue to be the bedrock of faith and tradition.

-Telugu has often been called a bridge language between the south and the north of our country. Like the Telugu people, it has been assimilative and has accepted and embraced words, thoughts and ideas from other cultures. Telugu has incorporated words from Sanskrit, Arabic, Urdu and English, among other languages.

Hyderabad too is a bridge between many cultures and regions of our country. It is a pan-Indian city as well as a global metropolis. Its technology industry, pharmaceutical companies and vaccine innovators have contributed significantly to the nation. It has thriving educational institutions and health-care centres, cinema and special effects production houses, and sports facilities. These are a matter of pride for every Indian.

-And, Hyderabad is simply majestic as the city of biryani, badminton and Bahubali – giving the country delicious food, a string of badminton champions and films that are an expression of Indian soft power. I must add here that Telugu cuisine is very popular in Delhi, particularly the pickles.

The President said that the continued success of both Telugu-speaking states -Telangana and Andhra Pradesh - was a subject of enormous satisfaction.

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