Bangalore Beat

A couple of pictures from the area of the ongoing violence. These were taken on Seppings Road, Bharti Nagar vicinity that’s the heart of the current trouble. Around noon when I passed the area enroute to Russel Market, I found a heavy procession of people coming out of the Muthyalamman Temple street; obviously, participants in the ‘samajothsava’ rally. In my opinion – I could be wrong, though – it looked more like a show of force / dominance than anything else and one that would evoke strong reactions.

I was quite apprehensive taking these pics. I was looked at very suspiciously by the cops whenever I panned the area – camera in hand – judging what I could take. Ultimately, I could manage just one pic of their presence.


After all is said and done over these violent disturbances (which have taken place umpteen times earlier) people will go back to their seemingly normal lives. Yet, the undercurrent of frayed tempers, mutual suspicion and general ill-will will remain in memory, permanently scarred as it is since, what, hundreds of years? Who was it who said that those who forget history tend to repeat it? And as always, the cops – being the last to arrive on the scene after the ugly hand of violence has reared itself and damage caused – will face flak. Being proactive in monitoring early signs of such communal violence and preventing it is not one of their strengths. They are almost always seen not as enforcers of the law but as authorities who seem only intent to establish their dominance through brute force and inhumane treatment of the protestors. Ultimately, nobody will take either moral or any responsibility for these events. Consequently, its the image of Brand Bangalore that takes a solid beating.







10 Comments so far

  1. juna (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 3:13 am

    Thanks for the report, we hope Bangalore returns to its peaceful past, lets not let the political parties hijack the hindu-muslim unity!!
    junahi, UK

  2. juna (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 3:14 am

    Thanks for the report, we hope Bangalore returns to its peaceful past, lets halt the political parties hijack the hindu-muslim unity!!
    junahi, UK

  3. MK (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 5:12 am

    Lets drive out all non-hindus out of our country. They suck our blood to to live and bite us back.

  4. silkboard (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 7:20 am

    Who gives anyone the right to put up flags and banners in public places like that, who? Why is none saying those qualify as illegal hoardings?

    Public display of religion must be banned. Whether that is the namaaz loudspeakers at mosques, filmi bhajan speakers at temples, or the flood of banners and posters like this one.

  5. Rajesh (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 8:51 am

    Good covergae Ravi.

    I saw a news today saying Govt is looking at such rallies which can trigger ‘sentimental’ barricades…
    I pity the 12 yr old who may not even know the sanctity of the cause still got kiiled while carrying the load of the communal agenda. May his soul rest in peace.

  6. Arun (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 9:33 am

    Good coverage Ravi. But please do not risk yourself..

  7. masoud (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 11:07 am

    MK – First drive the madness out of your head and visit NIMHANS for a check up.

  8. madhumaiya (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 5:41 pm

    Man just come out of mindset just 50 to 60 years ahead to india becme the country for muslim radicales ” avaga enu madake agala mari”
    ega eno josh nali bardidya ninna mundina peelige anubhavisuthe nodu”

  9. R.A. Levin (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 10:59 pm

    Ravi, you are fearless! :O
    Whilst the violence over the weekend has delivered a black eye to “brand Bangalore”, history has told us that sectarian strife such as this is short lived. (at least in Karnataka.)
    The world is praying for peace in Bangalore.

  10. Ravi (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2007 @ 10:38 am

    Thanks all for your reading and comments!

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