Greetings from Gulbarga

22 Oct. Gulbarga is a distant town in the state of Karnataka, in the southern part of India. This is one of the 29 districts of Karnataka, nearly 600 km north of Bangalore, and borders along erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, closer to Hyderabad. It also also a neighbouring district of – the northern most district- Bidar which borders on Maharashtra. Hence, you can naturally expect this little distant district to be neglected by politicians, in spite of so many of them representing at the national and state levels.

Some of the top politicians who have consistently let down the people of Gulbarga are former railways minister Mallikarjun Kharge, former chief minister of Karnataka Dharam Signh, former MP Khandre, and a host of others.

Recently, I visited Gulbarga and spent two days -doing my official work and visiting the “heritage” of Gulbarga (you remember, in the last week, the Central Govt has OKayed the State changing the names of eight cities including Gulbarga, which will now on be known as Kalaburgi! That is the only thing our politicians can do!

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Fr Melwyn, Dr Norbert Lobo, and Yours Truly with the Bishop of Gulbarga.
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Gulbarga’s Cathedral:
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Jamia Masjid, said to be built in 1367:
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Multi-sided, symmetrical architecture of this Jamia Masjid:
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Gulbarga Fort:
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“Writing on the wall” of the Fort:
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The massive, 24-foot long canon atop the fort:
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One of the many rings to manoeuvre the giant canon:
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The fort also is a fun-place for these little boys for their “kite-flying”IMG_8157

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Nothing fascinates little kids as a camera does:
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St Aloysius International University, Gulbarga! But please don’t ask if it actually exists or if there is any building associated with it! This board is found in Asian Business Centre (Mall) in the city. When I tried clicking this picture, the people were troubled; they asked me, ‘why’, ‘who’, etc!
St Aloysius is a reputed College in the southern part of Karnataka (Mangalore), which is also known in Gulbarga, and is directly associated with St Xaviers’ Pre-University College (Higher Secondary). Hence, the name-stealing!
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