Friday, 15 August 2014

A toast to Telangana on Independence Day

HYDERABAD: This Independence Day will be special for the newest and the youngest state of Indian union: Telangana.

The event becomes all the more memorable as chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao will unfurl the Tricolour at the historic Golconda Fort. There is a ripple of enthusiasm and a throb of passion among the citizens of Telangana about the symbolism of the celebration. For some, it marks a new beginning, for others, it is reclaiming an artistic heritage and for the young, it is a date with history that they are looking forward to with anticipation.

A positive start

Soon after the formation of the new state of Telangana, I am happy that I could bring it the first gold medal in 32 years! Now, that's a positive start. My achievements belong not just to me, but to my state as well. I am no follower of politics, honestly, so I wouldn't be able to talk about the struggles and endeavours that a lot of people put in to make Telangana happen. I only know that a new state has been formed and hence, we are proudly celebrating the first Independence Day here. And to me, this new state, this first I-Day here stands for everything new and positive.

— Parupalli Kashyap, badminton player

A moment of pride

It's an amazing feeling to be part of the first Independence Day. I mean not many people can proudly say that they have been part of the first I-Day. It's been a long struggle for the creation of Telangana. This day also calls for remembering all those who have struggled with their heart and soul for the creation of the new state of Telangana. As a CWG medal winner, I have been invited to the Golconda Fort to be part of the flag hoisting ceremony and I am grateful for this opportunity. This I-Day is totally different and I am celebrating it with pride.

— Gurusai Dutt, shuttler

Make a difference

This first Independence Day in the state in a way takes me back to history books and I am reminded of 1947. But no, there are no comparisons. It's just that India celebrated its first Independence Day in 1947 and here, the new state of Telangana, is celebrating its first Independence Day. I am happy for people who have been waiting and wanting to see this day. On my part, I am proud to belong to the new state of Telangana. I hope and pray that this I-Day, we make a difference to our state in our own little ways.

— PV Sindhu, shuttler

A toast to a new beginning

This is the first Independence Day for our new state Telangana. It means a new beginning, a new endeavour and a new way of thinking about how to develop the State. And what better way to start it than with the development of sports? I am really glad that the new government went ahead and chose a sportsperson (Sania Mirza) as its state ambassador. That only goes on to show that the new state is definitely going to be working towards the development of sport. As a sportsperson, that makes me extremely hopeful and happy. This I-Day is indeed special for its newness and positive beginnings.

— Jwala Gutta, badminton player

Emotional connect

There will be an emotional connect when the Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao unfurls the Tricolour at the Golconda Fort. We have only heard of the Kakatiyas, the Qutb Shahis, Taramati and Bhagmati all these mental images will come alive in the august ambiance of the flag hoisting ceremony. It points to a new beginning, a great feeling of historical connection between the old and the new. It sends out a positive message of hope. This will also put at rest apprehension among people. From what we have seen, the government is talking about our people and is not using any words of discrimination. We are expecting the Lalita Kala Academy to start in a few days and that will give a fresh lease of life to the artist community in the state.

— Fawad Tamkanat, artist

Feeling proud

I'm really proud of it. But while this is all good, we need to ensure that State festivals are revived — all that was lost, like our culture, academics etc, have to be preserved and revived.

— Laxman Aelay, who designed the logo of Telangana

Agenda of development

It's a special day for all of us. I'm very excited about the future of Telangana state. The state was formed following a lot of agitation and a lot of people were apprehensive about what's going to happen next, but kudos to K Chandrasekhar Rao for sending out a positive message to everyone. Both KCR and Chandrababu Naidu have been working towards for the development of the respective states.

— Lakshmi Manchu, actor

Long road ahead

It's a big day as it's the first Independence Day after the State has been created. Now, it's time we get back to work and address several issues which need our immediate attention. As a citizen of this country, it's the duty of each one of us to do our best and set a good example for everyone else.

— Madhu Shalini, actor

It is special

This I-Day is special as it's being celebrated in Hyderabad after the new state has been formed. What makes it more special is that the State govt. is celebrating the event in a heritage monument like Golconda. I'm hope we get to see such places being utilised for important occasions in future.

— Kamal Kamaraju, actor

Indians first

No matter where we live, we are all Indians first and Independence Day is a special day for all of us. It's almost like a festive occasion, but having said that, we should have this patriotic fervour throughout the year. There are no special resolutions or expectations, I think we should all strive to be responsible citizens of the country all our lives.

— Nani, Actor

Aiming for development

Being a Hyderabadi, there has always been the Hyderabadi spirit instilled in my family and upbringing. Independence Day is special for every Indian irrespective of which state he/she belongs to because we are all Indians first. Hyderabad is a bustling metropolis with people from all regions and religions living here. We are happy to know that people of Telangana have a progressive CM like K Chandrasekhar Rao, who is working towards development of the state across the spectrum. This is what independent India wants... more jobs, education and development.

— Nikhil, actor

A better society

I hail from Andhra and my wife is from Telangana, but we don't have any such differences (laughs). Moreover, Independence Day has a lot to do with patriotism, harmony and national integration. As human beings and Indians, we should always try to serve the society better and in the best possible way and create a sense of accountability, which is what our short film is all about.

— Sukumar, Telugu film director



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