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Why Bengaluru Isn’t So Cool

BY Edit Platter Desk | PUBLISHED: 10 January 2017

Janaki Nair writes in The Indian Express,\ the idea that Bengaluru enjoys the reputation of being safe for women is among those well-nourished urban myths that rank alongside the city’s alleged “cosmopolitanism”. That overused term has only meant that millions (of particularly middle-class migrants) have felt no obligation to learn the local language, Kannada. In fact, this is a good time to remind those nostalgic for a non-existent past of Bengaluru’s long acquaintance with ever newer forms of violence that accompanied each successive move that women made into the public sphere. Its well-shaped misogyny may have been more genteel in the time before democracy, but has adapted to all kinds of emerging social and political developments.

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Source - Janaki Nair / The Indian Express

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