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Posted: 1/7/2012 4:17:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2012 4:18:04 PM EDT by targettarget]


Welfare minister offers guns for votes

First Published: 00:27 IST(6/1/2012)


The badlands of Uttar Pradesh are about to get worse. The state’s social welfare minister Indrajeet Saroj is promising people gun licenses in exchange of votes.

"BSP ki sarkar phir aane par gun licence rewadi ke tarah bantey jayenge (If the BSP comes back to power, gun licences would be distributed like sweets),” the minister has been declaring from every podium.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 4:18:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2012 4:18:56 PM EDT by tyman]
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 4:19:47 PM EDT
it's awesome that that is a winning strategy
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 4:29:39 PM EDT
Has he thought about running as a Republican?
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 4:46:35 PM EDT
I'd vote for Indrajeet Saroj
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 4:48:32 PM EDT
Better than handing out welfare and blue ribbons like here...


Link Posted: 1/7/2012 4:49:25 PM EDT
Only to little girls?
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 4:50:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2012 4:52:22 PM EDT by N1Rampage]
Just to let you all know, "Social Welfare" is often a blanket term for interior state topics in other countries. Often, that includes justice systems, internal public issues, health, business relations, etc.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 4:57:54 PM EDT
Talk about a way for the lower oppressed castes to rise up and shatter their religiously imposed chains.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 5:02:42 PM EDT
India needs it.

There are many that would LOVE to own guns, but because they were a UK proxy for so long , their current constitution still reflects living below the king.

There are quite a few Indian gun websites out there where they are trying to organize to fight for reforms. I know of few gun owners over there.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 5:06:49 PM EDT
interesting.
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 5:08:47 PM EDT
"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest."

Gandhi, An Autobiography, p. 446
Link Posted: 1/7/2012 5:32:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Shockergd:
India needs it.

There are many that would LOVE to own guns, but because they were a UK proxy for so long , their current constitution still reflects living below the king.

There are quite a few Indian gun websites out there where they are trying to organize to fight for reforms. I know of few gun owners over there.


You do realize that guns were minimally regulated in the UK (less than in the U.S. today, for certain) when the laws for British India were passed, right? It has nothing to do with "being beneath the king." It had to do with the rebellions and preventing them from having weapons useful for rebellion as the British saw it. The laws were wrong, but that is what their purpose was and they were not changed when India became independent.
Link Posted: 1/8/2012 9:22:45 AM EDT
That's pretty neat.
Do you suppose the memory of the 2008 Mumbai attacks might make this appealing to the citizens, so that they don't have to rely on police with .303 rifles?

Not saying they will always be able to stop those kinds of attacks (especially the bombs) being armed themselves, but in some situations it might even the odds.
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