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Bengaluru, Bangalore, Bengaluru
Imaginations and Their Times

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Narendar Pani - National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru, India
  • Sindhu Radhakrishna - National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru, India
  • Kishor G Bhat - National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru, India

March 2010 | 308 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Probing into the history beyond mere historical facts, this book focuses on the 'imaginations' that have determined the course of Bengaluru over the last two-and-a-half centuries. It puts together contemporary accounts of the imaginations of those who were heard at each point of time. This approach is particularly relevant in present day India, of the current time where debates on history are largely a matter of choosing one set of historical facts instead of another.

The imaginations in the book relate to those of the Bengaluru of the eighteenth century that the British colonized; the nineteenth century Bangalore they ruled, directly or indirectly; the Bangalore of the twentieth century years after Independence; and the Bengaluru of the twenty-first century. It identifies the events that marked the turning points in the history of the city over those centuries, from the Battle for Bangalore in 1791 to the battles on the city's roads in the twenty-first century. It then picks the 'words' that capture the imagination that prompted each event, whether it was in the form of Thomas Munro's letter home, Seshadri Iyer's report to the Assembly on the plague or the prospectus of the Initial Public Offer of shares by Infosys.

This work, which provides a new view of Bengaluru's history as well as a method of looking at the past that is quite different from most Indian historical studies, will interest historians, sociologists and all academics in the social sciences.

 
Preface
Narendar Pani
Imaginations of Bengaluru
 
PART ONE: BENGALURU TO BANGALORE
Mark Wilks
The Fall of the Pete March 4,1791
Thomas Munro
The Storming of the Fort March 21, 1791
Francis Buchanan
A Diary in 1800
 
PART TWO: CANTONMENT AND THE ANGLO-INDIAN LEGACY
Rev Arthur Williams
The Defence of Lieutenant-Colonel John Bell February 27, 1810
 
The Mutiny of the 84th October 1815
 
A Weslyan View
Benjamin Lewis Rice
Whitefield
M Kantharaj Urs
Muslim Citizens of the Civil and Military Station
 
PART THREE: EDUCATING BANGALORE
Rajamma Thamboo Chetty
Miss Manning and Zenana Education
Benjamin Lewis Rice
Enumerating Education
Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV
The Underdog as Scientist
C R Reddy
Accessing Education Abroad
Mirza M Ismail
Examinations And Merit
 
PART FOUR: IN PURSUIT OF THE MODERN
K Sheshadri Iyer, T R A Thumboo Chetty and P N Krishnamurti
The Coming of Electricity
Harianna
Son of Mysore
M Visvesvaraya
Investigate, Educate, Organise
L C McCarty
Workers of the City Unite
L C McCarty
Taking Off
L C McCarty
The Birth of the Infosys Saga
 
PART FIVE: GUARDIAN STATE
C Sreenivasaiengar and K Sheshadri Iyer
The Plague
 
Moving out of Risk Campbell's Directory
Vokkaligha Sangha
The Vokkaliga Case
K R Srinivasa Iyengar
Living Through the Debate on Reservation
 
PART SIX: BANGALORE TO BENGALURU
Deepa Ganesh
The Gokak Card
U R Ananthamurthy
Response to Gokak
 
An Agenda for a Global City Bangalore Agenda Task Force (BATF)
US De
Warm, Warmer
Kishor G Bhat
Getting up to Speed
Christoph Dittrich
Governing Change
Srikumar M Menon and Nita Soans
The Built Environment
 
PART SEVEN: THE FUTURE IN THE PAST
M K Gandhi
Of Men and Ramrajya
Mirza M Ismail
In Science We Trust
 
Epilogue
 
Notes and References

The process of resurrection from Bengaluru through Bangalore back to Bengaluru has phases punctuated by fascinating events and incidents. This has been faithfully recorded in the book titled Bengaluru, Bangalore, Bengaluru: Imaginations and Their Times. It has been a successful attempt by three well known editors, in putting together visions fired by imaginations of armymen, bureaucrats and academics of different ages and at different times spanning across nearly three centuries. What is interesting about the book is the way in which centrality of the city’s history is maintained despite the multiple focal points criss-crossing as one leafs through the chapters of the book. The factual content for a change is methodologically less historical in nature and unconventional in presentation…. The divergent factors emerging out of the well-researched archival material are interwoven into a meaningful whole. The authentic study of different phases of the development leads to brighten phases of the development leads to brighten visions of ‘Bengaluru, Bangalore, Bengaluru’ beyond the imaginations and their times.

The Statesman

Efforts like this book backed with immaculate research become extremely vital and necessary. Using the past to build a bridge to the present and a roadmap for the future, as encapsulated in the book, is definitely how the history of any city needs to be written, read and understood.

Current Science

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