New Delhi: Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday praised the richness of Urdu language and called it one of the most beautiful languages spoken around the world.
The acknowledgment from Mr Naidu came while receiving a copy of the book ‘Urdu Poets and Writers – Gems of Deccan’ authored by senior journalist J S Ifthekhar, an official release said.
‘Gems of Deccan’ is an anthology of prose and poetry that encapsulates the life and works of 51 outstanding poets and writers of the Deccan region. The book traces the rich literary and cultural traditions of Deccan, right from the time of Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the founder of Hyderabad, to the present times.
Mr Naidu observed that Hyderabad in particular and Deccan as a whole have been ancient centres of Urdu.
He also received books on former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao from Mamidi Harikrishna, Director of Telangana state Language and Culture Department, ‘Manavottama Rama’ authored by Satyakasi Bhargava and ‘Nallagonda Kathalu’ authored by Mallikarjun.
Complimenting the Telangana government for bringing out a book on the former Prime Minister, the Vice- President appealed to all the state governments to bring out such publications on local and regional icons to make the younger generation aware about them.
Mr Naidu commended the author of ‘Manavottama Rama’ for his efforts in portraying Lord Rama’s qualities as an ideal human being. Lord Rama’s virtues and qualities remain relevant for all times, he said.
Receiving the book ‘Nallagonda Kathalu’, the Vice-President stressed the need for writing and popularising the rural folklore and local stories to preserve them for future generations.
He called for similar initiatives in publishing children’s literature.