India’s IT uprising awarded revolutionary status to the slothful town of Bangalore some years ago. Popularly known as an ideal retirement location, it got transformed into a confluence of technology, shopping malls, good weather and some teeming pubs! IT companies, Indian and international flocked to set up shop in India’s very own Silicon Valley. But does Bangalore resemble any of this today?
Metros and smaller cities across India are virtually on their mark against Bangalore! And with the infrastructure evils, 11.30 pm deadlines, ‘no dancing’ rule, roaring traffic, power cuts, alarming crime rates, security threats at IT campuses, the city seems to be losing its luster. Add to this, the recent political chaos over coalition politics, the unruffled and silent city seems to have disappeared altogether. Does Bangalore continue to be India’s best city for business - or otherwise?
The 11.30 deadline came in as a dampener for the city’s party circuit. Many foreign IT companies are now looking beyond Bangalore. Have investments in Bangalore suffered due to political instability? Will the city’s infrastructure continue to be a bone of contention? Has Brand Bangalore lost its charm? Has Bangalore itself been Bangalored?
What do you think, Answerers?