Tracing the history of the Gun / weapon Deprivation

  • "Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest." -- Mahatma Gandhi (An Autobiography OR The story of my experiments with truth, by M.K. Gandhi, p.238)
  • "If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun." -- The Dalai Lama, (May 15, 2001, The Seattle Times) speaking at the "Educating Heart Summit" in Portland, Oregon, when asked by a girl how to react when a shooter takes aim at a classmate
  • "The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed the subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty." -- Adolf Hitler (H.R. Trevor-Roper, Hitler's Table Talks 1941-1944)
The Indian Mind / psyche has been vaccum for the Weapons.

The proof lies in the History of the gunners of various kings emperors and leaders being outsourced from either Turkey / European nations.


EXAMPLES:
NIZAM
Raymond and perron (french officers)

Aurangzeb
European gunners
RAJPUT
Manucci (an Italian, then in Mirza Raja's service as chief gunner, and the author of Storia Do Mogor)

MARATHA
French Gunners
Mysore
Tipu Sultan had better artillery than the English (and imported instructors/gunners; yes, European!)



 the roots of India's anti-gun legislation
  1. After the 1857 upraising the british were busy putting in place measures to ensure that the events of 1857 were never repeated. Lord Lytton as Viceroy (1874 -1880), brought into existence the Indian Arms Act, 1878 (11 of 1878)
  2. Aftre 12 years of Indian independence the Arms Act, 1959 was enacted and later supplemented by the Arms Rules, 1962.
  3. In the mid to late 1980s, the Government, citing domestic insurgency as the reason, put a complete stop to all small arms imports.
  4.  Indian Arms Act 1959 (on the same lines "distrust for the armed citizenry)
  5. Indian Arms Rules 1962 (on the same lines "distrust for the armed citizenry)
Shivaji Exhibition FACT INDIA

Shivaji was right in thinking that only by arms would his people be able to secure their rights which were far superior to those of the foreign intolerant Muslim rulers – Mughal, Nizam Shahi or Qutb Shahi. Shivaji thus changed the psychology of the masses, assisted by the awakening created by the saints of Maharashtra, and filled them with fresh confidence to fight the Muslim rulers and wipe off their rule. His words, matched by action, transformed the Marathas into a nation before which he eloquently placed "the higher ideal of Swarajya, and political emancipation from the chains of grinding slavery that held down his country for centuries together".

Firearms of the Islamic world in the Tareq Rajab Museum, Kuwait
By Robert Elgood

During his Invasion of India in 1739 the iranian Nadir shah expressed amazement that Indian Princes and generals should still place themselves on elephants in a battle a clear target for everyone with a gun.

Since one cannot suppose that the Indian Aristocracy failed to acknowledge the increasing accuracy and power of Firepower one is left with NOBELESSE OBLIGE as the only explanation.

Visions of Mughal India
 By Michael Herbert Fisher
Perhaps partly because of Inquisition, a surprisingly large no. of portuguesse made a decission to emigrate from portuguesse territory and seek fortunes at the indian Courts such as vijayanagara as gunners, cavalarymen and menrcineries.

In 1498 on his famous voyage to india Vasco da gama found that there were already Italian mercineries in the employ of various maharajas on the malabar coast. And before he returned his Prow homewards two of his own crewmen had left him to join the Italians n the service of the local maharajah for higher wages.  60 yrs later by 1565 according to portuguesse chronicler Joan de Barros there were atleast 2,000 portuguesse fighting in the armies of different princes.

Comments

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