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Renaming cities--Need of the hour?
Dec 13, 2005 03:13 PM 3768 Views
(Updated Jan 05, 2007 12:39 AM)

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What does Banglore and Bombay have in common? When you bang the bomb, the sound galore, and when you trace the bom, you say ''b(h)ai!! And if you will stay ''Mum'' you will soon have to twist and turn your tongue again to say ''Bengaluru'' -- the garden city of India, Bengaluru --the silicon hub of India!!


Mumbai! lets celebrate the name keeping ceremony of Bangalore. Please join your hands, the dogs are here again to cut the ribbons, bark on the stage, and happily wag their tales... for Bangalore is now Bengaluru (no I'm not talking about Bengal, naaahh its nothing to do with Kangaroo) its got to do what Bombay had to do with Amchi Mumbai--- The age old feeling of belonging will swipe the citizen of Bangalore once again!!


Here is an excerpt of a speech given by the man who claims to be the leader and is keen on renaming Bangalore: ''''My dear bengalurite (bengaluruisright), this feeling of belonging, will make every citizen of the city of Bangalore vow never to make the city suffer again. I promise that as Bengalurite I will provide the best infrastructure in the country. Floods, destruction, low compensation, slow development, corruption, poverty, unequal distribution of wealth, etc were all a part of Bangalore-certainly Bengaluru has a bright future. To begin with as you see in the name, we have inbuilt the term ''guru'' coz soon we will show others the way, on how to change names, and thus change the face of the city. Remember the Amchi Mumbai feeling and how different communities hugged each other in Dec 1990? '' ''''Personally if you ask me, I don't like ''bang'' in Bangalore-- I'm a ''piece'' loving man, and every time I hear the name Bangalore it brings shivers down my spine-- And recently when we opened the gates for Bill ($$) he praised BANG-lore, I had made up my mind, the Bang is certainly an obstacle in our growth. We have done research on this. Similar conclusion for changing ''BOMbay'' -bomb was then made at bay and we came up with Mumbai, ah what name! What a growth the city has witnessed since then! I cannot concentrate in my work as your leader, the name has to be changed to suit the mood of those who are working here, so that your infrastructure does not suffer., the space, the speed of the development, the revenue, the job opportunities does not suffer.. '''' The crowd cheers... congratulations people you are once again fooled!The government is definitely getting better:))


I read in the newspapers and websites that Bangalore will be soon named to Bengaluru (the old name of Bangalore) and just today a review on the same (kuddos MouthShut- the news is now confirmed). In fact in Kannada they say ''namma bengalluru'', a term which every Bangalore person is aware of and proud to flag it the same way a Mumbaikar says ''Aamchi Mumbai''.


Now I wonder ''How does it benefit the residents of Bangalore and India as a nation, when we announce the renaming of city around a year in advance?” I did not come with one fruitful answer and with this I ask the government, is naming cities ''the need of the hour''? How about we make an announcement a year before that next time Bangalore receives the same rain as it received this time we won’t have floods and loss of lives!! How about making an announcement that the infrastructure of the city will be soon expanded to support the population burst of the city? This review is here to bring to the notice that our modern day governing bodies have got all their priorities wrong. Arguments and debates, sweat and money are poured in such a useless implication. With serious national issues staring at our faces the government has all the time to play with alphabets. Yes that’s what it is- playing with abcd-xyz. In a developing nation, the issues to be addressed are infrastructure, a better living for the tax payers. Even though a person in today's Bangalore pays more tax than other big cities he still lands up with one of the most painful infrastructure.


This is indeed very sad. Wake up nation, from the deep slumbers, support those who voice their thoughts against such pathetic ideas, such waste of time, money and energy.-And don’t forget all the paper work and changes the govt will have to do, and also don’t forget the exercise your jaws will need- to open, twist, whistle your tongue to say Bengaluru;) Bengaluru or Bangalore, the name will not make any difference… but who cares? The pomp will do the rounds, the scissors will meet the ribbons, the dogs will certainly howl… Are the residence of Bangalore gamed? You can view this review under two categories, from the same perspective. One is the city itself, its potential and its shortcomings and the other is the failure of the government minister and its citizen.


Do leave a comment after you've read and rated. -Jennie


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