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Bengaluru, Bangalore, Bengaluru

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

February 2010 | 308 pages | SAGE India
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.
Narendar Pani
Imaginations of Bengaluru
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
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
M Kantharaj Urs
Muslim Citizens of the Civil and Military Station
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
K Sheshadri Iyer, T R A Thumboo Chetty and P N Krishnamurti
The Coming of Electricity
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
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
Deepa Ganesh
The Gokak Card
U R Ananthamurthy
Response to Gokak
An Agenda for a Global City Bangalore Agenda Task Force (BATF)
Warm, Warmer
Kishor G Bhat
Getting up to Speed
Christoph Dittrich
Governing Change
Srikumar M Menon and Nita Soans
The Built Environment
M K Gandhi
Of Men and Ramrajya
Mirza M Ismail
In Science We Trust
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

Narendar Pani

A post graduate in Economics from JNU, with an M Phil from CDS, Trivandrum, and a PhD from ISEC, Prof. Pani was a research fellow at IIM Bangalore from 1980 to 1982. From 1982 to 1987 he was the Economics Correspondent with Deccan Herald, Bangalore. From 1987 to 2007 he was with The Economic Times, Bangalore in various capacities. From 2007 till date he has been with the School of Social Sciences, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore. He has written and published in various books and peer reviewed journals, including from SAGE. More About Author

Sindhu Radhakrishna

A wildlife biologist, she is a faculty member at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. She holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Mysore and has been interested in the ecology and behaviour of human and non-human primates. More About Author

Kishor G Bhat

A Mathematics PhD scholar at NIAS, he works in the areas of number theory and dynamical systems. He completed his MSc in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2005, where he specialised in scientific computing, and has published in the areas of number theory, arithmetic coding and ethics. More About Author

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ISBN: 9789352809523