No ‘Andhra’ Hotels in Medak జూన్ 29, 2008Posted by Telangana Utsav in Culture, Identity, In News, Medak, Telangana, TRS.
No more idly, sambar in Telangana hotels?
TRS asks hoteliers to serve Ragi Sankati, jonna rottelu
Sangareddy: The Medak unit of Telangana Rashtra Samiti Medak launched a programme of counselling the shop owners to drop the word ‘Andhra’ from their hoardings.
Former member of Legislative Council R. Satyanarayana and his followers on Sunday organised a rally here and urged the shopkeepers, particularly the hoteliers, to remove the word Andhra from the boards and add food items from Telangana region.
The TRS activists called the proprietor of the hotels for counselling and asked them to which part of the State they belonged to. Few told them they were from Andhra.
The TRS asked them to continue with their business but only after removing the word ‘Andhra’ from the board.
Shop keepers warned
Similar strictures were passed on the hoteliers to remove all the food items that originate from Andhra like Idly, sambar and introduce Ragi sankati and Jonna Rottelu instead.
The former MLC warned the shop keepers to respect the sentiments of Telangana by encouraging its food and culture. He said that TRS has no objection if the names of Andhra Gods like Venkateswara or Durga are used as names of the hotels.
The TRS gave a day’s time to follow their diktat or face direct action. Some of the hotel owners agreed to remove ‘Andhra’ immediately while others sought time. One of the TRS activists who tried to paint the word ‘Andhra’ black on a name board was whisked away by the police.
Source: The Hindu, 30 June 2008