National Rifle Assn ... of India.. getting big boost
Its member, Abhinav Bindra, just won India's first Olympic Gold Medal (in any sport) and has returned home to a hero's welcome
""As long as the sun and moon remain, the nation will remember your name," chanted the crowd at New Delhi airport."
Another report: "Bindra returned from Beijing on Thursday to be immediately engulfed by an adoring crowd, followed by a series of meeting with dignitaries including President Pratibha Patil at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi."
He's achieved the peak of fame -- now Indians are reading of "unconfirmed reports" that a saboteur may have tampered with his rifle's sights.
One of my favorite Ghandi quotes is "Of all the misdeeds of British rule in India, the act depriving an entire nation of arms will be remembered as the blackest." That might no be verbatim, but it's close.
Posted by: Mike Gallo at August 15, 2008 08:12 AM
Huh... that Ghandi quote seems authentic.
It can often be tricky to untangle who is exactly pacifist, anti-violence, anti-militarist, etc.
Posted by: ben at August 16, 2008 12:06 PM