Bangalore is the third-largest city in India and was voted as “the most liveable” by to a global survey of cities conducted by Mercer. It was once called “the garden city” because of its many green spaces. Now, it has become a bustling centre of India’s information technology industry and has earned the distinction of being India’s Silicon Valley.
Bangalore is one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the world and it is the most developed city in India, which you will see during your visit. There is nonstop growth here, evident in the city’s tall buildings, on-going developments and bustling pace.
So, is Bangalore a peaceful city filled with greenery or is it an urban metropolis on the cutting edge of technology? When you explore Bangalore, you realise it is both, holding on to its older reputation while creeping toward the future.
Bengaluru Garden city to Silicon city. what is making kannadigas angry?
According to Ramu Narthu writer of saddahaq.com
It’s been more than five years I am staying in Bengaluru, unarguably the best city in India to live in. I remember every help I received from the locals here, from the concerning advice given by a BMTC bus conductor on my first day in this misty city to yesterday’s help from a Kannada boy in fixing my bike. Its the warmth with which a Kannadiga helps others that makes the difference. This is something unique to Kanndigas’ in Bengaluru which we can’t find in most of the other cities in India.
But this warmth is seemingly declining with time; slowly a sense of resentment for the outsiders in the city has grown in the minds of locals! This is not a hypothetical assumption of mine but this is REAL. As real as the temperature rise in Bangalore!
Is it the first time such public resentment is seen? No it was there in very few pockets but in recent times it is gained more support both from the intellectuals and the masses.
Because of the negligence on behalf of the outsiders, the state government and media; the deliberate oppression has grown big enough to be quantifiable and now the concern of the Kannadigas in valid and politically correct than it was ever.
When asked for something, most of the Kannadigas will reply in the language of the outsider, be it Telugu, Tamil or Hindi. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have a language of their own. Perhaps they imbibe the ancient Athidi Devo Bhava tradition more than anyone else. Though equally old as the other Dravidian languages, for some strange reasons Kannada language didn’t get equal recognition as the other south Indian languages. Ironically, off late some sections in Karnataka also neglected the language.
Periodic diktats from the Home ministry and the Central Government to impose Hindi as national language make the Kannadigas feel much more relegated. Especially some ill informed and educated yet ignorant North Indians still think that Hindi is the national Language and expect the all south Indians to learn it. This is a myth some North Indian media houses with vested interests spread. There is no National Language(Rastriya Bhasa) as such in India. English is the official language of Central Government to communicate with the non-Hindi speaking states.
Though we all knew that Indian media is as corrupt as our politicians and bureaucracy we still follow them brazenly. Recently when some Africans were beaten for their rash driving, our so called National media reported it as Racism. This angered the Kannadigas a bit more. Wrong reporting like these will only but help in growing anger towards the outsiders. As someone rightly pointed whatever happens below the Vindhyas is of not much importance for the National media houses. Forget about empathy they didn’t show even a bit of sympathy towards issues of the Kannadigas.
The percentage of Kanndigas in IT and allied sector jobs is dismally low probably under 20%! It is time for the policy makers to correct the course of action as the number of qualified engineers passing out from Karnataka are growing multi fold. Given the mounting problem of unemployment among Indian graduates this is an urgent need. Probably compelling some IT firms to recruit in Karnataka colleges will help. Some parties like JD(S) already raised this issue in previous decade but due to lack of intellectual support it didn’t get attention but now the situation is changing rapidly, and can potentially become a critical political issue.
Hope the present Karnataka government will take proactive actions than waiting till the anger become a major poll issue.
Another thing that most of the people ignored is the recent strike of the Garment workers; it was virtually a leaderless movement in scorching heat against the central government order regarding the EPF withdrawal. Except small protests here and there, a protest of this scale on EPF order is not seen anywhere in the country.
Is it an early sign of that growing resentment towards the Indian Government (read people)! Is that inherent resentment trying to take form in such protests? Hopefully not!
The recent soaring of temperatures to ~40 C is another crisis which angered the locals as much it wondered the outsiders. No matter how advanced the human civilization becomes in the times of crisis “land always belongs to the one who took birth in it”. Karnataka is a land of Kannadigas for all the socio-political reasons. The Indian constitution is very humane in allowing us to settle anywhere we want (except in some tribal areas); but at the outburst of anger accumulated over the years of deprivation and alienation it will become a mere document.
Here in Bangalore we all are outsiders and remain so and no matter how large in numbers we grow, we are always a minority in eyes of a local born Kannadiga if not an oppressor. Well before all this anger becomes a political weapon in the hands of our divisive politicians and repeat the scenes in Maharashtra, it is highly important we all learn Kannada, try to assimilate the beautiful Karnatic traditions and live in harmony with the Kannadigas here in this beautiful and peaceful city and help it remain a green city forever and ever.
The writer assimilated all which he had experienced or have watched during course of time while his stay in Bangalore. Factually it might be correct to greater extent but at the same time a numerous example can be cited before the audience at large who are feeling the same as it is being felt at Bangalore – thenewsism.com
Over All, Generally Kannadigas are more open and less chauvinistic. But then again, let’s remember that Kannadigas have always been accommodating till a decade back. But the latest influx of Hindi, Bengali, Tamils, Telugu, Malayalam speakers etc is what reminds political parties that Kannada should be the primary language of the city. Though Bengaluru is speaking a multitude of languages Re-establishing Kannada pride and living in peace amongst themselves should the primary goal.