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Bangalore to be re-named Bengaluru

December 11, 2005 22:16 IST

If Bombay could become Mumbai, Madras could become Chennai and Calcutta into Kolkata, could the country's IT hub, Bangalore lag behind?

Bangalore in Anglicised form, will be known as Bengaluru, as pronounced in Kannada.

Chief Minister N Dharam Singh told reporters in Gulbarga on Sunday that he had asked the chief secretary to take steps for renaming Bangalore.

He said Kannadigas were calling the city as Bengaluru but taking an Anglicised form, it became Bangalore.

Dharam recalled that a suggestion to call the city as Bengaluru had emanated at a meeting of prominent Kannada litterateurs he had called recently to seek their views on celebrating the golden jubilee of the formation of the state of Karnataka.

He also said he would make a plea to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take steps to accord the status of a classical language to Kannada.

Singh said the state government fully concurred with the views expressed by prominent litterateurs, that Kannada should be given the classical language tag.

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They can name any city anyway they like. But If they do not keep it clean and beautiful it is nothing but a garbage can. ...

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It's been 58 years after the British left India that we have realised the importance of the place and its name. Bengaluru it is and ...

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They are renaming the cities according to the pronunciation habits of local citizens without caring about the other world which is quite large. Just imagine ...

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Bengalooru sounds much more sweeter and homlier than the pointless Bangalore! Though some narrow minded North Indians may call it regionalism, I think it is ...

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You know whats stupid about Bengaluru it should be Bende kaLe uru in the first place and even that is a sily name ... It ...

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