I was forwarded this link by a friend.Â The story is pretty unbelievable but sounds quite true.Â I agree with the premise of the author.Â The fear of police in Bangalore needs to be thrown out the window.Â They have always been, and always will be rubbish.Â I’ve got stories about the police that would make one shudder.
The recent death of Kannada film actor Rajkumar in Bangalore unleashed the worst of Bangalore. A veteran of over 200 Kannada language films, Rajkumar was the Bacchan of Bangalore. His fans adored him. They wanted to show their love for him and pay their last respects to someone who was a living legend to them. All this is well and good. But the behavior portrayed by the citizens of this “global” city was nothing short of pathetic and shameful. Police had to resort to lathi-charges, tear-gas and even opening fire to control the crowd. Their grudge? That they didn’t get the see enough of the dead body of Rajkumar. They pelted glass buildings with stones, over turned public and police vehicles and even set a few ablaze. The city was in standstill for three days.
Rajkumar, for all his greatness, was instrumental in trying to ban other local langauge films in the state of Karnataka. He urged fellow Kannadigas to level of fanatical patriotism and this was displayed by their behavior after his death. This past week is a black mark in the history of Bangalore. This is a city that services the global through its massive presence in the software and service industry. I’m hoping that the multinationals figure that Bangalore is currently a bad choice for any further investments. With the money invested, Bangalore has stagnated instead of showing any further development. Of course, the government is to blame for part of this. But as this past week shows, the people of Bangalore are more at fault. They have a incorrect belief that they are invincible. This jingoism is going to lead to their downfall. And personally, the sooner it happens the better. Come back Garden City. Come back Pensioners Paradise. Come back Bangalore.
My good friend, Vasu, has written a piece about this over at his blog, Vasuvius.
Having always been an auto-enthusiast and always been critical about Bangalores’ road problems, I came upon a personally interesting report. It is attributed to the Khaleej Times and the actual article itself can be found here.
BANGALORE: The city of Bangalore is second only to the national capital of Delhi in entire India when it comes to the number of fatal road accidents as well as the vehicular population.
A comparative analysis of the four metros in India and Bangalore carried out by the Bangalore city Traffic Police recently has shown that a total of 704 people were killed in road mishaps in Bangalore during the year 2005. “Bangalore is second only to Delhi, where a staggering 1,703 people have died in road accidents,” the analysis claimed.
Mumbai came third with 595 deaths during 2005 followed by Chennai’s 463 and Kolkata’s 442. Incidentally, Bangalore is among the smallest of the five cities chosen for a comparative analysis by the Traffic Police.
Bangalore, which has emerged as the IT capital of the country, has also beaten Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata in terms of vehicular population. Bangalore has a vehicular population of 2.33 million against Chennai’s 2.2 million, Mumbai’s 1.3 million and Kolkata’s 941,000. Delhi, however, remains ahead of the rest of the countries even in vehicular population with a mind-boggling 4.78 million.
Sharing the figures with reporters, Bangalore city Traffic Police officials said the statistics had been collected from the police commissionerates of the five cities for an analysis of the traffic scenario.
Another interesting facet of the traffic scenario that comes out of the analysis is the road length in the five cities. While Delhi maintains the top slot with a total of 27,000km of road in the city, Bangalore occupies the second position with 4,500km of road, followed by Mumbai’s 1,923km, Chennai’s 1,800km and Kolkata’s 1,400km.
Okay, I know I’ve not posted in ages, but there have been personal reasons. But this one absolutely deserves an entry. I’m not sure if it should make me proud or not, but it sure as hell made me laugh. Getting ‘Bangalored’ sure as hell makes me want to head back to the homeland!