Friday, 6 April 2018

23-year-old woman in Maharashtra fights tiger with a stick to save her goat

23-year-old woman in Maharashtra fights tiger with a stick to save her goat, http://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/maharashtra-woman-fights-tiger-with-a-stick-to-save-her-goat-rupali-meshram/214013, 5th April 2018

Not an action I would recommend :-)

Nonetheless, the courage of the young woman to try to scare the tiger with a stick, to protect her goat, is awesome! Of course, the tiger did not get scared that easy and attacked the young woman, who took shelter in her house (assisted by her mother). The goat, unfortunately, did not survive!

This is where, I have to say, that a handgun in the hands of the rural Indian woman, would have made all the difference, tilting the battle in favour of the woman and against the tiger.

Maharashtra is the land of the brave Marathas who have shown the guts and valour to fight when needed. So the young woman was following proud fighting traditions of Maharashtra.

Small extract from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maratha :

The Maratha (IPA: [ˈˈməraʈʰa"]; IAST:Marāṭhā; archaically transliterated as Marhatta or Mahratta) is a group of castes in India found predominantly in the state of Maharashtra. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, "Marathas are people of India, famed in history as yeoman warriors and champions of Hinduism". The Maratha group of castes is a largely rural class of peasant cultivators, landowners, and soldiers. They reside primarily in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

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The most famous Maratha fighter/warrior of the past few centuries was Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. An extract from his wiki, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shivaji:

Shivaji Bhonsle (Marathi [ʃiʋaˑɟiˑ bʱoˑs(ə)leˑ]; c. 1627/1630 – 3 April 1680) was an Indian warrior king and a member of the Bhonsle Maratha clan. Shivaji carved out an enclave from the declining Adilshahi sultanate of Bijapur that formed the genesis of the Maratha Empire. In 1674, he was formally crowned as the chhatrapati (monarch) of his realm at Raigad.

Over the course of his life, Shivaji engaged in both alliances and hostilities with the Mughal Empire, Sultanate of Golkonda, and Sultanate of Bijapur, as well as the English, Portuguese, and French colonial powers. Shivaji's military forces expanded the Maratha sphere of influence, capturing and building forts, and forming a Maratha navy. Shivaji established a competent and progressive civil rule with well-structured administrative organisations. He revived ancient Hindu political traditions and court conventions and promoted the usage of Marathi and Sanskrit, rather than Persian, in court and administration.

Shivaji's legacy was to vary by observer and time but he began to take on increased importance with the emergence of the Indian independence movement, as many elevated him as a proto-nationalist and hero of the Hindus. Particularly in Maharashtra, debates over his history and role have engendered great passion and sometimes even violence as disparate groups have sought to characterise him and his legacy.
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I think the history of the USA shows how the vast land of the USA was settled by (mainly) white settlers who used the gun as the way to fight off wild animals who would bother them. Perhaps that is still true in many parts of rural USA, especially white dominated communities. In such places I think hunting wild life is also a way of life that teaches the people there, including youngsters, how to handle wild life threats to them using the gun.

[I thank wikipedia and have presumed that they will not have any objections to me sharing the above extracts from their website on this post which is freely viewable by all, and does not have any financial profit motive whatsoever.]

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