India's National Imagination doesn't give a shit about Karnataka?

In the run up to Karnataka's elections, CNN-IBN recently aired a story called "Bangalore versus Karnataka" in which the reporter's verbal diarrhea made her claim the following with the authority of a sage-cum-economics-nobel:

Bangalore is at the centre of India's National Imagination. But Karnataka is not. In fact a cultural, economical and political divide separates Bangalore from Karnataka.
How can CNN-IBN get away with airing such bullshit? From where did it cook up this new term called "India's National Imagination"? Whatever it is, how can Karnataka itself be sidelined? Does CNN-IBN understand the emotions which arise in Kannadigas when the word Karnataka is uttered? Does CNN-IBN understand the glorious history of Karnataka? Does CNN-IBN understand that the history of India is nothing but the history of its linguistic peoples, and how the word India doesn't mean anything to a farmer in Kollegala or Belagavi?

The Bangalore of whose definition is alien to Karnataka? How much of Bangalore has CNN-IBN seen to claim that it's culturally, economically and politically separate from Karnataka? In any case, why is it good to have our cities completely alienate themselves economically, politically and culturally from the rest of the state they are in? Why is that within the so-called grand National Imagination?

Really speaking, there is no Indian National Imagination today, although there can be one. India is struggling to find an identity for itself amidst all the diversity. The only correct Indian National Imagination can be the sum total of Karnataka's National Imagination, Tamil Nadu's National Imagination, Gujarat's National Imagination, and the National Imagination of every other subscribing linguistic state. Without the linguistic states themselves, there is no India, no India's National Anything.

Doesn't media have to be responsible for what it says anymore? Or is it under the delusion that India is what it decides behind the screens? Is CNN-IBN listening and trying to correct logical flaws in its reporting?

13 comments:

Sriharsha said...

Is there a means we send our opposition to this thought process to CNN-IBN Management, if we dont they will continue such bull shit onslaught

Anonymous said...

This could be a prelude to declaring Bangalore an Union Territory and have it administered directly from New Delhi. Our politicians would only be flattered to know that the high command is going to rule them directly.

ನಂದನ್ - Nandan said...

I don't know how much CNN-IBN people have see Bengaluru.

nitin said...

Unfortunately people are filling in from all over at very rapid rate.Have you wondered who buys,renting the swanky apartments all over blore. First there was a small koramangala which had alien people now its has grown ten times.The first thing they find exciting here is they find here they have more of there own culture,language,community than perhaps the place they come from.For example Bengalis have such a huge community and so many restaurants serving thier food they never feel away from home,needless to say about Tamilians & Andraites who can get to watch their all their movies at ease. These are the people living the 'National Imagination' while laughing out aloud 'KANNAD GOTTILLA'
But why arent our own people filling into Bangalore from a Raichur or Davangere? Our governments over the years has made our districts other than bangalore so backward there are hardly students who make it professional courses while a Andra guy from the remotest village does a MCA/BE and lands a job in Blore and makes it his home.
The point is we need to take all our districts forward to beat this 'National imagination' and make Bangalore 'Karnatakas Imagination'

ಪುಟ್ಟ said...

can u direct me to that CNN IBN article??

lakki said...

Sagarika Ghose is in the forefront of insulting kannadigas. I have seen her talk in the discussions pertaining to kannada/karnataka.. here is a question by her to a localite " how do you feel when north indians come to bangalore and take over everything" How in the world she imagines that N.Indians have take over.. She is also in the forefront of a campaign of converting Mumbai and B;lore into Union Terrirtories. All these utterances is aimed to achieve that.. No idea why she does not talk abt her great city Kolkata( i believe she is from there)
She has been irritating kannadigas and also spilling hatred against kannadigas in the minds of people portraying them as anti national,anti development... CNN IBN listening?

Anonymous said...

I thought the report actually admitted and established the fact that huge influx of "outsiders", them viewing Bangalore as global-city (???) and not part of Karnataka (as one of the interviewer mentions) and remaining mostly indiferrent about the state's culture is creating the cultural divide.
I thought the "national" channel report conveyed the message to other part of the country and Kannadigas are extremely unhappy about the developments (or side effects of it) in last decade.

Mohan Kumar S said...

IF YOU WANT TO OPPOSE THIS REPORT PLZ LOG A COMPLIANT IN THIS LINK

http://www.ibnlive.com/userfeedback/1367.html

Prasanna said...

This whole though process is a result of pseudo-intellectuality. People especially ones in the media often think themselves as 'so called geniuses' and let half-thought arousing statements / works like this. We all know what will happen to everyone here if central govt tries to make a Bangalore a union territory , any of such dare will only result in the civil war within our beloved-India and a disaster for rest of the states and a big shame for all Indians. If bangalore has grown, the majority Kannadigas from rest of the state are equally or more responsible for it as anybody else. Because the policies that made Bangalore more attractive than Pune or Hyderabad are made by Kannadigas who represented Karnataka in Vidhana Soudha.

Prasanna said...

This whole thought process is a result of pseudo-intellectuality. People especially ones in the media often think themselves as 'so called geniuses' and let half-baked, thought arousing statements / works like this. We all know what will happen to everyone here if central govt tries to make a Bangalore a union territory , any of such dare will only result in the civil war within our beloved-India and a disaster for rest of the states and a big shame for all Indians. If Bangalore has grown, the majority Kannadigas from Bangalore and rest of Karnataka are equally or more responsible for it. Because the policies that made Bangalore more attractive than Pune or Hyderabad are made by Kannadigas who represented Karnataka in Vidhana Soudha. So let this supporting Bangalore's individual identity continue as it is bound to be known as a heap of crap.

kaLegouda said...

I even heard a bloody brand consultant called Harish Bijoor ( should be bija illada ooru) pressing for making bengaluru a union territory. en avanappana mane aasti ankondidaana?

ivaranella sariyaagi vicharisikobeku,,,

Anonymous said...

These kind of activities only leads to dividing India, which will end in civil war. This will be ashame for India. One should respect the local culture and language, like the saying "BE A ROMAN WHEN U R IN ROME" so "BE A KANNADIGA WHEN YOU ARE IN KARNATAKA",

Chetan Dixit said...

This was my feedback to the channel...

Dear Reporter/Editor,

Bangalore is very much part of Karnataka - culturally, economically, socially and all other aspects of life. You cannot claim otherwise.

And please include some local reporters in your team who can fill up the gap between the "perception" and "reality" of the "imagination" of Bangalore and/or Karnataka!

How can you separate the capital city of the kingdom from the kingdom itself?

Such reports are totally unacceptable to us! We need an apology on air from your reporter

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