For the first time, PV Narasimha Rao’s centenary celebrations took place outside India, in Columbus city of United States of America (USA) as part of the year-long celebrations being held by the Telangana State government.
Organised by the NRI wing of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the virtual conference has also witnessed the launch of an online petition demanding Bharath Ratna for the PV Narasimha Rao. A host of Indians residing in different states of USA including one of PV’s daughters Kalkota Saraswati took part in the celebrations while PV’s elder daughter Surabhi Vani Devi, and Chairman of the Celebrations Committee K Keshava Rao addressed them online on the occasion. President of TRS NRI wing Mahesh Bigala compered the programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Kesava Rao recollected the contributions of PV as Chief Minister and the Prime Minister besides eulogising on his personality from a social, political and cultural perspective. He also reeled out the programmes to be organised this year and proposal of setting up a memorial, statues, a library etc both at Hyderabad and at his native village Vangara.
Mahesh Bigala said in his speech that Centenary would also be held in 50 other countries besides planning to unveil his statues in Australia, Newzealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and in Washington DC. He further announced that they would also invite former US President Bill Clinton to attend as a Chief Guest at the concluding ceremony of Centenary celebrations.
He urged the people to log on to https://www.change.org/BharatRatnaforPV and cast vote in favour of the demand.
The NRIs who organised the programme include Tanneer Mahesh, and TRS Regional Coordinator Kanuganti Naveen were felicitated on the occasion. The others who participated in the virtual celebrations include NRIs Neel Patel, President of Columbus Telangana Association Sravan Chidrupa, Chairman and President of Federation of Indian Associations Ramakrishna Kasarla, and Rajanikanth Katte, TRS NRI Secretary Narasimha Nagula Vancha, President of Central Ohio Telugu Association Jagan Chalasani, SV Temple Trustee Kesav Reddy, Ashok Illendula, Amar Reddy, Ramesh, Salandari, Kiran David, Govardhan, Vamshi, and K Kiran.