Hindu society was highly militarised, even at the basic level. Every village, and samasthanam had armed force. Thats the reason, the islamic invasion was successfully resisted for 1000s of years.
After British Domination, they completely banned the right to bear arms, and systematically destroyed gun powder production and arms manufacture. During the polygar wars in tamilnadu, which was the last resistance to be crushed by colonial britishers, the artillery and guns were manufactured locally.
Once the right to bear arms was forcibly confiscated, our society has been heavily exploited by the Colonial Machinery, even to this date. The urban anglicised India, inheriting these colonial institutions as it is, has continued the same colonial exploitation of the traditional bharat. The violent suppression of farmers protest across india, the POSCO land acquision from unarmed tribals, the recent laying of pipe by gail authorities are some instant references that i could cite.
We cannot deny that the police department was still seen with hostility to the general population. The common people still have a view that the police department is trying to protect criminals rather than punish them.
The naxalism gets public support across india, partly for the reason that they serve as a counter force to excess police atrocities.
The below article is written by Tatya Tope, the great grandson of Tantiya Tope, and he puts forth a different and historical perspective here.
Autor: Parag Tope
A letter from the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) to President Barack Obama proposing new gun control laws claims to be a message containing the Hindu viewpoint. As a person whose ancestor, Tatya Tope, took up arms and died fighting English oppression while leading the Anglo-Indian war of 1857, I find HAF’s proposals not only offensive to me as an individual, but also a deliberate and mischievous interpretation of Hindu thought, teachings, and experience in order to advance its political objectives. After the 1857 war, the English created laws to disarm the Indian population. Writing in his autobiography, M. K. Gandhi termed this disarming of India as the blackest misdeed perpetrated by the English. Continue reading