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Kannadiga-Tamilian Nexus in Bangalore

This is mainly a response to Janaki Nair (‘Language and Right to the City’, EPW, November 18, 2000), although towards the end a comment is attempted on the two articles accompanying her essay. On the whole Janaki Nair commands my attention, largely with endorsement, but also invites some supplementation and provokes some disagreement. 

This is mainly a response to Janaki Nair (‘Language and Right to the City’, EPW, November 18, 2000), although towards the end a comment is attempted on the two articles accompanying her essay. On the whole Janaki Nair commands my attention, largely with endorsement, but also invites some supplementation and provokes some disagreement.

Her attempt to analyse the Kannadiga-Tamilian nexus in the city of Bangalore and to place it in a historical perspective serves a useful purpose. However she might have probed a little deeper into the ‘dominated’ feeling which Kannadigas have been bedevilled with. Incidentally much of what she analyses and what follows in this note is applicable actually to old (princely) Mysore. I am uncertain as to the degree to which it applies to the other parts of post-1956 Karnataka.

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