Today marks the day when Karnataka turns 50. Year long celebrations will kick off today evening with a grand function at Chinnaswamy stadium. Bangalore Metblogs team wishes its readers and all the proud inhabitants of Karnataka a joyful year of celebrations. Let us wish for the glory of the state and language to continue to thrive for many many years to come. Let us wish for our state, language and culture(nADu, nuDi, saMskriti) an eternal sunshine future.

Jai Karnataka Maathe!

6 Comments so far

  1. Kishor (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 8:00 pm

    BANGALORE — India’s technology hub of Bangalore changed its name to its
    vernacular original Bengalooru on Wednesday in what is seen as a bid to
    appease locals upset at the influx of outsiders

    Read the full story

    This is utterly a callous/biased reporting by Reuters!

  2. Naveen (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 9:30 pm

    Both sides are simply over-reacting to each other’s viewpoints. Today, when I refer to Mumbai as Bombay or vice-versa, I don’t think anyone cares. People are comfortable with both names. Same is the case with Calcutta-Kolkata or Madras-Chennai. People, especially the long timers staying in those cities, are comfortable with both names. Many foreign newspapers use ‘Mumbai’ (and add, formerly ‘Bombay’)and are comfortable with either name.
    So give a few years time and everyone will be comfortable with the new name. People will mispronounce it as ‘Bengal’ooru or Bangal’ooru’ for some more time till they get used to the correct pronunciation. Just like people still pronounce Kolkata (to be read as Kolkaata) as Kolkatta.
    Regarding the brand name and visibility, are people attracted to this city because the name sounded cool or for other reasons? If that were to be the case, I would be really worried about the future of this city of 7 million, who depend just on the name of the city to attract investments and talent.

  3. Naveen (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 9:34 pm

    Biased reporting happens everywhere. And the most rabid reporting and view points in this case have been by people who have no understanding of the city, its residents and have no stake in it.
    And the standard mantra of ‘Brand Bangalore’ losing its sheen is being bandied about as if a mere name is what all this city stands for. Anyways how many will even remember this controversy 2 years down the line:)

  4. silkboard (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 10:34 pm

    The west does not understand the multilingual and almost multi-cultural setup our country has. Ours is a unique country, and we should be proud of the ‘real’ diversity we have.

  5. Naveen (unregistered) on November 1st, 2006 @ 11:09 pm

    Sometimes I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at the over-exposure of Bangalore in the national and international media. Most of the reporting happens out of context, half of it is plain exaggeration.

    Even if it is a dog biting a man on the road, it is somehow linked to the IT sector with sound bytes from all and sundry about it:)

    Have we so totally become dependent on the IT sector in our city that we can’t think of Bangalore, or Bengalooru if you may, without thinking of software or BPO? It may actually be a good idea if the govt. starts diversifying Bangalore’s economy, like Chennai has. Then all this hoopla about ‘Silicon Valley’, ‘IT-BT’ etc will diminish.

  6. tarlesubba (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2006 @ 5:34 pm

    oh well, who cares.
    so whatz up in bengaLooru?

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