State of Bangalore

Saturday, April 01, 2006

CNN-IBN telecasted a program called "State of Bangalore", hosted by Rajdeep Sardesai on Saturday night, to reveal the results of the polls ran by Deccan Herald last week. Questions polled were --

“Should Bangalore be renamed to Bengaluru?”
“Should immigrants learn Kannada?”
“Should pubs be closed at 11:30 p.m.?
“Is Bangalore an unsafe city?”
"Famous personality of Bangalore?" - no, it wasn't Naranyana Murthy!

And all of these won a clear majority with an "yes". A manipulated poll, perhaps? It was firstly painful to see importance being given for something as insignificant as language (I'm sure a lot Kannadigas would disagree with me) over matters of infrasturcture and where very soon the commutation time between work to home and back would have to be counted in days. As one of them rightly said, the only thing politicians haven't been able to spoil is its climate (atleat until now)- Bangalore's biggest advantage! Unplanned development, poor governance were the factors attributed to its present state with promises of fixing everything flying in the air. Apparently, things have just gotten worse over the past few months. Am I glad to have left Bangalore?