ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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On Names

On Names IN view of the election of P V Narasimha Rao as Congress(I) president, I would like to bring to your notice the following in relation to the usage of Telugu/Andhra names. 'Rao', ipso facto, does not denote either the caste or the religion of the person being referred to. For example, P V Narasimha Rao is a Brahmin; J Vcngala Rao, a Velawa (a' warrior clan); N T Rama Rao, a Kamma (a powerful all-round community, also called 'Choudari'); and Ch Devananda Rao is a Christian. Only the Telugu Muslims do not use 'Rao', So, it will be preferable to describe the person concerned either by his full name or, wherever it is not possible, by his initials

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