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  • The Telugu Composition Controversy

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The Telugu Composition Controversy

Minute of Dissent

More than seven decades ago, Gurajada was recognized by the nation as a pioneer in different branches of modern Telugu literature like social drama, poetry, lyric and short story. Interestingly he was also a forerunner in the Modern standard Spoken Telugu Movement.

Classical Telugu poetic style had deviated considerably from the standard spoken Telugu, not less than a thousand years ago. It looked like another language for the students and young writers of Telugu. Teachers at all educational levels never allowed the students to write in the contemporary standard spoken Telugu. The condition was most discouraging for the students to develop their mental faculties to write in their mother tongue. So, the Madras University, having realised the seriousness of the problem, wanted to solve it and appointed a composition committee to study the situation in depth and offer their recommendations. The majority of the committee members had unfortunately opted for classical poetic style which was against the wishes of the votaries of modern standard spoken Telugu. As a member of the said committee, G.V. Apparow did not agree with the recommendations of the majority and had to submit a Minute of Dissent to the Report.

The Minute of G.V. Apparow was first published by Vavilla Ramaswami Sastrulu and Sons, Madras, in 1914. Till now, it was never reprinted. But nearly fifty years ago, it was translated into Telugu by Dr. Poranki Dakshinamurty and serialized for four months in the leading Telugu daily Andhra Prabha in 1964. It appeared in a book form in 1968 and was not reprinted. As an ardent admirer of the great Gurazada, I am happy to have got the opportunity to reprint his English original text, on behalf of Sri Vedagiri Communications.

- Vedagiri Rambabu

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‘The Minute of Dissent’ of Gurajada is not just a formal note of disagreement with the decision of the majority of members but it is an unparalleled, authentic and highly academic treatise based on the realities of the language question of Telugu. Its importance and value is not only academic but also historical. It has survived for nearly a century and will continue to inspire and instruct several generations in the coming centuries.

- Poranki Dakshinamurty

Preview download free pdf of this English book is available at The Telugu Composition Controversy