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THE ONE WHO DIDN’T GET AWAY: A photographer weeps over his expensive camera damaged in the violence in Bangalore on Wednesday.
THE ONE WHO DIDN’T GET AWAY: A photographer weeps over his expensive camera damaged in the violence in Bangalore on Wednesday.

Bageshree S.

There was no guarantee they would work everywhere

Bangalore: As news of violence spread following actor Vishnuvardhan’s death, the red-and-yellow Kannada flags started showing up everywhere, even in the unlikeliest of places. They were stuck on the gates of posh buildings with glass facades and were seen fluttering on taxis and autorickshaws.

Not that there was a sudden surge in people’s love of the language, cutting across class divide. But the flag, they all thought, was a great defence against anyone who might want to hurl a stone at a building or a passing vehicle. For further fortification, the more resourceful among them had pasted pictures of the star alongside the Kannada flag.

Some of the eveningers came out with an early edition, even before noon, doing brisk business. Pictures of the actor published in these came in handy, particularly for taxi drivers many of whom cut the photos out and pasted them all over their taxis.

Those who could afford to spend a little more bought flex banners. A famous banner-maker of the city who specialises in election publicity material printed out banners with amazing alacrity. In areas, including Okalipuram, one could see these banners with pictures of Vishnuvardhan with actor Kamalahasan.

Not that flags and pictures always saved buildings and cars. Several glass facades across the city were seen broken with the flag fluttering in the foreground, especially in Gandhi Bazaar.

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