Hyderabad: Telugu is the third most widely spoken Indian language and the 20th most spoken language in the United States, said Katherine Hadda, Consul General, Consulate General of the USA, in Hyderabad, while quoting the American Community Survey 2012-2016.
She was speaking during the 242nd American Independence Day celebrations, organised by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (AP and Telangana chapter), in the city on Tuesday.
“The Indian diaspora and especially the Telugu speaking community have long played a major role in bringing our societies together…I am often told that every fourth person here has family ties in the US, though based on my many encounters with people here and in AP, I’m starting to suspect that may be an underestimate! Telangana and AP are also among the states that send the largest number of students to the US,” Hadda said.
IT and industries principal secretary Jayesh Ranjan said that a special bond has been forged between the US and Telangana over the last four years