From floods in IT city to polarisation, chaotic journey of a ‘progressive’ state

By MK Ashoka

Bengaluru, December 25 (IANS): Karnataka 2022 became a flash point during the year for both right and wrong reasons. Called a progressive state, an IT hub, education, science and research center of the country, the state witnessed the worst floods that devastated the IT industry and agriculture sector.

As the state approached elections, Karnataka witnessed chaotic developments in the field of education, business and some incidents threatened to disrupt the daily life of the common man. However, the state quickly recovered and gave progressive and successful achievements to the world and the country.

The flood that sank the IT industry

Bengaluru city received the highest single-day rainfall in the last 38 years in the first week of September. The city was drenched in torrential rains with IT campuses and posh locales housing the tech population.

Images of waist-deep water on art lanes, tractors and JCBs moving IT workers, CEOs to and fro from companies went viral around the world revealing the city’s crumbling infrastructure.

Global Investors Meeting; Infosy celebrates 40 years

After the fury of the floods, the state returned to business as usual. The Global Investors Meet (GIM) was successfully held from 2nd to 4th November by the Government of Karnataka and attended by industry honchos.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal reiterated that Bengaluru remains India’s startup and unicorn capital. The city accounted for about 40 percent of the country’s exports.

IT giant Infosys, which revolutionized the state’s IT sector and put Bengaluru on the international map, completed 40 years in December. Founder NR Narayana Murthy spoke about taking Infosys to the 100-year milestone. He emphasized the need to maintain the values ​​and guided the current leadership to take decisions that will win the respect of all stakeholders even 30 years later.

The explosion shook the statue

The Mangaluru kitchen blast on November 19 rocked the state. The police called it an act of terror.

An unknown terrorist outfit called the Islamic Resistance Council (IRC) claimed responsibility and warned of a future attack. Investigations revealed the horrific plans of bomber Mohammad Shariq (23) to carry out blasts in public places. Although Karnataka was on the radar of terrorists, this was the first time such a threat had been issued.

Chaotic moments of boycotts, murders and clashes:

Karnataka 2022 witnessed communal developments like never before. It started with the hijab movement and led to a boycott of Muslim merchants.

The killings of Hindu activist Harsha in Shivamogga district on February 20 and Praveen Kumar Nettare in Dakshina Kannada district on July 26 led to revenge killings and threatened the state’s law and order situation.

At the height of the hijab crisis, the late Al-Qaeda leader Ayman-al-Zawahiri’s statement praised a Muslim girl student in Karnataka for standing up against the mob and chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans. become international news, causing concern for security agencies.

Kannada cinema offers blockbuster movies

The Kannada film industry delivered nationally successful films ‘KGF Chapter 2’, ‘Charlie 777’ and ‘Kantara’ at the end of the year. The Kannada film industry, also known as Sandalwood, was always seen as an underdog compared to the neighboring Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam film industries.

‘KGF Chapter 2’, which was released on April 14, went on to become the highest grossing film at the national level. Actor Yash went on to become a national super star and the entire Indian film industry is waiting for his next project.

Rakshit Shetty’s ‘777 Charlie’ released on 10th June has been quite successful at the national level. ‘Kantara’, which was released on September 30, became one of the most successful films of the year at the national level. It catapulted Rishab Shetty as the most sought after actor and director.

Bengaluru currently has the second largest airport in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Terminal 2 of the KempeGowda International Airport on November 11. The terminal cost 13 billion euros to handle an additional 2.5 million air passengers.

With the inauguration of Terminal-2, KempeGowda International Airport has become the second largest airport in the country. The elegant Terminal-2, billed as one of the largest terminals in the world with a hanging garden for the first time in Asia.

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