ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Bangalore and Rajkumar

To the older residents of Bangalore and the Old Mysore state Rajkumar, with his low political profile, his quiet pride in his Kannada origins and most importantly the persona of the ordinary, hardworking and honest citizen he created and portrayed on the screen, represents a cultural and social environment that is vanishing. The city's response to his abduction has to be understood in this context.

The abduction of film star Rajkumar on Sunday (July 30) night led to Bangalore city being shut down on Monday, the July 31, 2000. On Tuesday the city became a ghost town. Some activity resumed on Wednesday, but rumours of violence and trouble still abound. There was uncertainty on Thursday. Schools and colleges have been closed, in stages, for the week. No one is sure that normalcy has returned.

The news of the abduction reached the public on Monday morning. It took but a few hours after that to shut down the Silicon Plateau and the premier IT city of India. What exactly happened? How did this happen? Why did it happen? What does it signify?

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