Bangalore, Bengalaru

Another one bites the dust.

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Bangalore will go down the way of Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkatta.

It’s official. India’s silicon City ? Bangalore ? will be renamed as “Bengaluru” from November 1.

The State Government has decided to implement a suggestion from Jnanpith awardee Dr U R Ananthamurthy that the IT City revert, along the lines of Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, to its pre-colonial Kannada name “Bengaluru”. Announcing this on Saturday after reviewing the progress made in the preparations for the year-long Suvarna Karnataka celebrations, Home and Law Minister M P Prakash said that a formal announcement in this regard would be made on November 1 during the inauguration of the celebrations, after obtaining the approval of the State cabinet. [ link ]

I do not know what purpose does this serve. Agreed that the names were given by the English, but they have been there so long, that it is a part of the culture and society of the city. Why change names ? Why this misplaced nationalism.


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