: Should Indians have the right to bear arms? #WorldNEWSAll Now the right of self-defence must be an effective right. How can it be effective when a law abiding citizen is unarmed while the criminal
Should Indians have the right to bear arms? #WorldNEWSAll
Now the right of self-defence must be an effective right. How can it be effective when a law abiding citizen is unarmed while the criminal is armed?
Before the British came to India the situation in our country was that in almost every house there were some arms.
Possession of arms was regarded as a sign of dignity and self-respect. Even today in our country in many communities on Dussehra day arms are worshipped, which is symbolic of the respect given to arms in earlier times.
PM Narendra Modi performing ‘Shastra Puja’
The Mahabharat, which is the longest epic in the whole world, is full of the use of arms. Thus, Arjun goes to divya-lok to get arms from the gods (which he subsequently used in the Mahabharat War).
Thus, in our culture the value of arms for leading a life of self-respect and dignity has been accepted.
When the British came to India they had to face armed resistance from the feudal kings. Due to their technological and organizational superiority they gradually overcame this resistance and spread their rule in India.
It was only after putting down the Mutiny of 1857 that the British decided to disarm the Indian people.
Having been shocked by the sudden, widespread uprising against them they decided that to avoid such revolts in future they must (1) disarm the Indian people (2) divide the Indian people (on religious lines).
This policy was implemented so effectively that upto Independence in 1947 there was hardly any significant militant uprising against them.
The Arms Act, 1857 was enacted for disarming the Indian people, and it provided that no Indian can have in his possession a gun or sharp edged object (except for household or agricultural use) without a licence from the District Magistrate, and such licences were rarely granted. Carrying such a weapon was declared a crime punishable by upto 3 years jail sentence.
Even after Independence, the rigours of the Arms Act and Rules thereunder continue to make it difficult for law abiding citizens to possess firearms for self-defence whereas terrorists, dacoit-gangs and other anti-social or anti-national elements use not only civilian weapons but also bombs, handgrenades, AK 47, Bren-guns, Sten-guns, 303 bore service rifles and revolvers of military type, for perpetrating heinous crimes against society and the State.
The position in our country today is that unfortunately the law enforcing authorities are not providing adequate protection to the citizens. The result is that the decent, respectable and law abiding citizens are defenceless if a gangster or criminal enters their house with a weapon, or accosts them elsewhere.
If such criminal enters ones house with a weapon he can loot the entire property there, dishonour the women and do as he pleases because an unarmed person cannot be reasonably expected to put up resistance against a person carrying a gun or revolver.