We’ll find out tomorrow, if the newspaper is delivered. See, if you’re in Bangalore, you have an unscheduled holiday tomorrow. Not the good kind but the kind where everything shuts down. Just like it did a few months ago–can’t mention names.

Meanwhile, in The Hindu :

The bandh is in protest against the Centre’s decision to change its affidavit in the Supreme Court on the Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute.

The Chamarajanagar MLA told presspersons here on Monday that the bandh would “show the strength and power of Kannadigas.” He accused the Centre of neglecting the State’s interests in all respects. The Union Government should treat all states uniformly.

The Centre changes its affidavit, so we shut down Bangalore? I think it would make more sense to shut down Delhi but nobody’s accused me of having a political brain.

This bandh culture needs to stop. Haven’t you had enough of your life being disrupted for a whole day because a bunch of people want to protest something? Would anyone even care about this issue if it weren’t for the threat of violence against non-compliance?

Are companies shutting down because they support the bandh or is it because they’re afraid of damage? Take a guess. Most companies seem to be compensating tomorrow’s ‘holiday’ with a working Saturday this weekend.

There have been articles about “Gandhigiri” (see Lage Raho Munnabhai for details) in the newspaper, the last couple of days. This doesn’t seem anywhere near Gandhigiri, it’s more the violent kind of activism.



4 thoughts on “Bandh-o-bust?

  1. There needs to ba a bandh to bandh. For every minor issue, a city or a state cannot be held to ranson. In Delhi, some lawyers have a reputation to go on a strike at the drop of a hat. It’s a good thing that there cannot be a bandh to the blogosphere except for ignorance of some IPOs.

    As for Gandhigiri, you can have a look at the second last post on my link if interested.

  2. I think it’s okay if you want to protest or take a stand against something. What’s not okay is forcing others to do the same with the threat of violence. It’s holding people to ransom, albeit of a different kind.

  3. Bloody crap. Now I am from Delhi and I don’t agree with any of this at all. Frankly I am getting sick of such agitations & bandhs.

    Not only am I forced to not go to work, I cant go out coz everything is closed. On top of that cable TV does not have anything but Kannada channels. Why not? I pay for it goddammit.

    This city is becoming harder and harder to live in. I’m definitely leaving. Enough of idiotic philosophies that advocate the shutting down of other cultures in order to promote one’s own.

    Kannada is good, but forcing it down someone else’s throat is only going to cause its downfall.

  4. Sorry to hear that your experience has made you want to leave Bangalore. Enduring such bandhs are a painful experience and I agree with you–forcing anything down anyone’s throat isn’t the way to go at all. What does it say about our government that can’t prevent a whole city from shutting down?

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