Tuesday, April 18, 2006

IT companies weren't targetted in Bangalore riots?

'Annavru' (respected elder brother) Dr. Rajkumar, the Kannada movie superstar, passed away on April 12 in Bangalore. The city is known worldwide more as India's IT capital. You might expect an entire state (Karnataka, of which Bangalore is the capital) to mourn, but not exactly what you see in the pictures here. Riots sparked 0ff and went on until the next day.

Rajkumar was seen as a Kannadiga icon. A Rediff.com article descibes how he grew beyond movies, someone with whom the rioters possibly identified with:

Just who are all these young men? They are mostly young fellows who are members of his fan clubs, that have fanned out all over the State.

Interestingly, most of them were probably still children when his last couple of movies were released. So it is really Rajkumar, the icon of Kannada pride, that they revere, not Rajkumar the movie star. The fan clubs grew, long ago, from being typical film fan clubs to an obsessive, cult movement.

There were many arguments that there was no anger vented on IT companies, which have attracted people from all over the country and made Bangalore cosmopolitan. The photographs here (obtained thro' e-mail forwarding) show what happened to one such company, Talisma. This office also happens to be in the same locality as Rajkumar's house.

The pictures speak for themselves and leave my words redundant.


Blogger Sujai said...

Thanks for the pictures. I provided a link to my article at http://sujaiblog.blogspot.com

20 April, 2006 02:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do these pictures show that IT companies were specifically targeted? These pictures don't prove anything except that some rioting took place. And dude, you are projecting an incorrect view of the whole situation. It can spark off a controversy which doesn't even exist.

20 April, 2006 23:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't mislead people.

22 April, 2006 09:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

truly shocking that people go this length to cause destruction..
it is not as safe as we thought the worldto be huh?

25 April, 2006 21:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how i wish your contention is true. alas! however, it wasnt to be :(

also wonder why you werent targeted...would have given you more grist for your mill of lies, half lies and half truths.

26 April, 2006 12:29  
Blogger randramble said...

My point of view has been misconstrued after being bashed up here.

I was and still am inclined towards believing that IT companies were targetted. I posted only to give vent to my worry and definitely not to spread rumours / FUD. I rest my case.

26 April, 2006 14:00  
Anonymous anony said...


22 January, 2007 02:30  

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