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    The proposal to remove the historic symbols of the Kakatiya Thoranam and Charminar from the Telangana State emblem has caused concern among city historians and activists. They believe that this is an attempt to erase Telangana’s rich history and suggest that the government could maintain the symbol by making improvements to its design instead of completely changing it.

    The Telangana State emblem is an important representation of the traditions, culture, history, and nature of the people of the state. It features the Kakatiya Kala Thoranam in the center with Charminar inside it, surrounded by a circular border of green color. The emblem includes the words ‘Telangana Prabhutvamu’ in Telugu, ‘Government of Telangana’ in English, ‘Telangana Sarkar’ in Urdu, and ‘Satyameva Jayate’ in Sanskrit. It was designed by artist Laxman Aelay and adopted by the government in 2014.

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    However, the State government has recently claimed that the emblem reflects the aristocracy and dictatorial tendencies of a former Chief Minister. They argue that these symbols represent monarchy in a democratic system.

    Historian Anuradha Reddy, who is also a Convenor of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), emphasizes that the Telangana emblem is not affiliated with any political party but represents the identity of the state and its history. Changing it would erase the history of Telangana.

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    The cabinet ministers allege that the emblem shows monarchy in democracy, but Anuradha Reddy highlights the historical significance of the Kakatiya structures and Charminar, which are important symbols of Telangana’s history. She suggests that instead of changing the entire emblem, the government could make adjustments to its coloring, design, and inscription to preserve the state’s origins, traditions, and culture.

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    Political analyst Asif Hussain Sohail, who was involved in the discussions on designing the state emblem, emphasizes that it represents Telangana’s Ganga Jamuni Tehzeeb (composite culture). He urges the government to ensure that the sentiments of any particular community are not hurt if any changes are made.

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    A history student from the University of Hyderabad named Nikhil also opposes the government’s move, pointing out that the Telangana state song itself mentions these two dynasties.

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