Mangaluru’, its official from November 1 2014

Mangaluru: On the occasion of Karnataka Rajyotsava, Dakshina Kannada district in-charge minister, B Ramanath Rai, formally declared the change of city name to ‘Mangaluru’ in replacement of its earlier spelling, ‘Mangalore’.

Rai, announcing this released colourful bunch of balloons in the air during the district-level Kannada Rajyotsava celebrations, which was organized in the city’s hallmark Nehru Stadium on Saturday, November 1 2014 .

A procession that was taken out from Jyoti Circle to Nehru Maidan was accompanied by several cultural troupes including Kolata and puppetry.

Besides, twelve cities in Karnataka woke up to new names. Now, Bangalore will be called Bengaluru, Bellary will be called Ballari, Belgaum will be called Belagavi, Hubli has become Hubballi, Tumkur is Tumakuru, Bijapur has changed to Vijayapura, Chikmagalur to Chikkamagaluru, Gulbarga to Kaburagi, Hospet to Hosapete and Shimoga will now be known as Shivamogga.

Besides the change of name of the city from Mangalore to Mangaluru, entities such as Mangalore International Airport, Mangalore City Corporation, Mangalore Railway and Mangalore University may also switch over, based on the notification.

This is my view:
Why not we all Kudla people take initiative to stop this name changing non-sense. And if we really need to change the name, then let us change the name as Kudla. Who gave the authority to change our historic name from Mangalore to Mangaluru, did Govt and political leaders consult Mangaloreans or Kudla lovers or local prople before taking the decision ?. 99% Kudla people are talking tullu in Mangalore and every corner of our people know the Tulu language. And still in Tulu we call the Manglore as Kudla. We have so many organizations (Hindu, Christian, and Muslim) why don’t we strongly oppose the name changing. And all our records (our education certificate, ration card, voter card, pan card, marriage certificate, passport etc.) need to change. And it is a big project & big money waste in the name of name changing instead of using that money to develop this historic port city Mangalore. We demand to our gov’t, the money using for name change to be used for our Mangalore city development (Roads, water, Power, etc.). Mangaloreans also request to our Kudla lover lawyers to file suit for name changing in Supreme Court.

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