Bengaluru;No Bangalore anymore

published on December 12, 2005

Bangalore:Bangalore also to follow the path of Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata in the case of name changing. Bangalore, known as India’s Garden City and now a global technology hub, is set to change its name to Bengaluru, reverting to a centuries-old title that means “the town of boiled beans”. Bangalore decided to drop a colonial name British rulers found easier to pronounce than the original.

Chief minister N Dharam Singh told reporters in Gulbarga on Sunday: “We will rename Bangalore as Bengaluru on November 1, 2006, to mark the launch of Karnataka’s Golden Jubilee year – Suvarna Karnataka – on that day” The renaming issue was raised during a meeting Chief Minister  had held recently with prominent personalities and litterateurs for chalking out programmes on the occasion Suvarna Karnataka, the 50th anniversary of the unification of the state.

“The decision has been taken. Most likely it will be from November, 2006,” a spokesman for state Chief Minister Dharam Singh said on Monday.

The original name of Bangalore is said to be derived from “benda kalooru”, or boiled beans, because a king exhausted during a forest hunt in the 14th century was fed boiled beans by a villager where the city now stands.


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