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When poll season arrives in this ironical 'village'

April 22, 2009

Vicky Nanjappa and photographer Dominic Xavier were startled during their visit to this 'under-developed' constituency, whose surroundings are enveloped by progress and prosperity.

Which village is this? This is the first question which comes to mind after having a glance at these pictures. This is Bagaluru -- very much within the limits of Bengaluru district -- adjacent to the forthcoming 4,000-acre hardware tech park behind the Bangalore International Airport.

Bagaluru, which is part of the Bangalore North constituency, is not free of its problems. Residents of this area had high expectations when the airport came up. They thought that roads in their village would improve and with that their lifestyles too would change. That did not happen.

We walk out of the airport gazing at Louis Vuitton posters...and just a couple of miles away...we find this village where people still sit under trees discussing their woes.

Image: A bulldozer at the site of the proposed tech park in Bagaluru.

Also see: Battle for Bangalore South | India Votes 2009