Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Jewel In The Imperial Crown/Like A Hole In The Head

...Where the British East India Company actually had a Thuggee and Dacoity Department.  On further investigation, alas, it was not a catering function but instead devoted its attention to the suppression of such activities.

     Man, for just a minute there, what an image....!  After all, EIC and later the Raj had their fingers in just about everything else.

     And here in the States, we've got Congress.  The only Department that (is supposed to) make them toe the mark is you and me  -- we're not as successful as the EIC was at controlling bandits.  And about the only spice we get is spicy tales of Congressional misdeeds in the tabloid press.


Bob said...

And you could probably smuggle a Rumāl past the Capital police and their metal detectors. Just sayin'.


NotClauswitz said...

Dacoits are still a problem, and were when we lived there in Balasore, Thugee not so much - but the Islamists seem to have taken-up the role of murderous religious fanatic. Arcane numbering systems: A "lakh" is 100,000, and a "crore" is 10Million.

Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

He had suffered injuries after being thrashed by the public


NotClauswitz said...

"Suffered the public" is frequently the result, because the legal system there is so f*d up that's the only way justice is ever really administered.

Roberta X said...

India has the Collyer Brothers of governments, festooned with bits and pieces and entire subassemblies of every other institution they've ever had that served the function of government. The people of India have accomplished great things withal.

Perhaps chaos is their strength. Perhaps not.