This post is likely to get a lot of eggs on my face , and I'll probably lose a few good blog pals , but , I am speaking MY mind here ....
" Bangalore " was changed to " Bengaluru " ! And I bet I was one of those real happy souls to see this happen .... Bangalore sounded English , and sounded like it had lost its character. And , " Bengaluru " connected it back to its parent - Karnataka.
Over the past years , so many cities were renamed :
- Bombay => Mumbai
- Madras => Chennai
- Trivandrum => Thiruvananthapuram
- Calcutta => Kolkata
But , nobody bothered. But when , Bangalore changed its name , there were protests. Why ????? Bangalore was always a part of Karnataka. Infact , now , Kannadigas no longer seem to belong to Bangalore.
No other city , except maybe Mumbai , would stand a huge influx of outsiders. I should know .... I know how I have been treated.
Of course , I dont think it's wrong to go out looking for greener pastures. But , it is definitely wrong to claim somebody's place as your own, and kick the natives out ....
Of course , when Madras , Bombay and Calcutta were rechristened , I saw it as futile ... Infact , i even felt it wrong. But now , I think they were right ... I am not against globalising. I am proud , infact , that we can all live together this way in harmony. I am happy to be travelling too . but what really puts me off is when someone
throws a Tamilian out of Chennai,
a Marathi out of Mumbai,
a Bengali out of Kolkata ,
a Keralite out of Thiruvanathapuram
and most of all
a Kannadiga out of Bengaluru.
We are tolerant people by birth. There is enough to satisy our need , not our greed .... Why trample on someone's emotions or on their pride in their native land ?