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January 18, 2012 6:12 PM   Subscribe

"One jar contained chilli powder, the other turmeric. But in the dark, the girl from Odisha couldn't see which jar had the chilli powder. So she mixed both the powders, carried it to the bedroom and threw it into the eyes of five thieves brutally beating up his [sic] parents." The (Indian) Daily Mail write about the 24 child winners of the National Bravery Awards.
posted by Diablevert (32 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
It's been a long day on the internet and I thought we might use something to warm the heart. Couldn't resist the [sic], though. It is the Daily Mail after all.
posted by Diablevert at 6:14 PM on January 18, 2012


MMMMM THESE THIEVES ARE DELICIOUS
posted by nathancaswell at 6:19 PM on January 18, 2012 [3 favorites]


Sounds like she was dealing with some... seasoned criminals.
posted by outlaw of averages at 6:21 PM on January 18, 2012 [143 favorites]


*groans in pain, smacks outlaw of averages, runs from thread*
posted by likeso at 6:24 PM on January 18, 2012


Hey kid, that was well done!
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:30 PM on January 18, 2012


where is the "AWFUL PUN" flag where is it
posted by louche mustachio at 6:36 PM on January 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


Sounds like she was dealing with some... seasoned criminals.

[Puts on sunglasses]

YEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHHH!
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 6:38 PM on January 18, 2012 [11 favorites]


lets just close this thread up now, outlaw of averages wins
posted by nathancaswell at 6:40 PM on January 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


Sounds like those thieves left...

*sunglasses*

...in a curry.

YEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHHH!
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 6:54 PM on January 18, 2012 [23 favorites]


Whoop!

It's a pun off, folks! (Where's Billy Zane? Peptalk cue in five!)
posted by likeso at 7:08 PM on January 18, 2012


I gotta say, if I was in the situation this girl was in, I don't think I'd have the think-on-your-feet-ness she displayed, and I'm an adult an' stuff. Bravo.
posted by mreleganza at 7:13 PM on January 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


Where's Billy Zane?

He cumins he goes. Depends on if it's chili inside.

Defeated by a kid with tumeric? I bet those thieves were yellow.
posted by Slap*Happy at 7:15 PM on January 18, 2012 [2 favorites]


You have to admit, they...had it cumin?

(tentatively puts on sunglasses)

yeah?
posted by uosuaq at 7:17 PM on January 18, 2012 [11 favorites]


Looks like those burglers didn't know what they were hinduing...

*crickets*

I'll see myself out...

posted by TheNewWazoo at 7:19 PM on January 18, 2012 [2 favorites]


(But seriously, outlaw of averages does win teh internets tonight. My hat is off to you, o.o.a.)
posted by uosuaq at 7:21 PM on January 18, 2012


8 out of the 15 comments above are silly puns. Really guys? That's all you have to contribute to a discussion about children who won National Bravery Awards?

In any case, I'm shocked by how young the winners are. Do the awards not include teenagers?
posted by myelin sheath at 7:53 PM on January 18, 2012 [2 favorites]


Yeah for all of 'em!! Those are some kids with mustard.

I'll bet those assailants would really rue the day if Odisha had some mace!

OK, I'm really sorry I did that.
posted by BlueHorse at 7:56 PM on January 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


8 out of the 15 comments above are silly puns. Really guys? That's all you have to contribute to a discussion about children who won National Bravery Awards?

Oh, climb off your high horse. It's just a bit of fun. It's an interesting article, and those kids are awesome, but there's not really a great deal to discuss.

Brave kids = awesome. Woo!

In any case, I'm shocked by how young the winners are. Do the awards not include teenagers?

The award is given to kids below the age of 16.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 8:05 PM on January 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oops, make that 9 out of 16 comments, myelin sheath. But I don't think any of us are making light out of what these kids did. They showed tremendous bravery--especially the young boy going into a fire to save his classmates. How amazing.

I think we realize that five children have been named for the honour posthumously, and that makes us want to weep for those courageous ones that didn't make it.

But we don't, we laugh instead, because if you started crying you just wouldn't stop.


But we can take celebrate the names of all who are alive. Their country will recognize them in this fashion:

The children have been selected for the honour by a committee comprising representatives of various ministries, NGOs and Indian Council of Child Welfare (ICCW) members. They will receive a silver medal, a certificate and a cash award from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ahead of the Republic Day Jan 26.

According to the ICCW, eligible award winners will be granted financial assistance until they complete their schooling as part of their sponsorship programme. They will be facilitated to study professional courses like medical and engineering under the Indira Gandhi Scholarship Scheme.

The children will also participate in the Republic Day parade, seated on richly caparisoned elephants.


Hooray for riding elephants!


Here are the stories of three more kids out of the 848 children have received the honour. An overall total of 600 boys and 248 girls. Amazing stuff. You can't deny that these are all kids with ginger.
posted by BlueHorse at 8:17 PM on January 18, 2012


Mixing the indistinguishable powders sounds like something that'd happen in a Professor Layton game or movie.
posted by BiggerJ at 8:24 PM on January 18, 2012


Clearly I'm outnumbered here. Possibly the first time in history someone has seen themselves out for not making a pun.
posted by myelin sheath at 8:28 PM on January 18, 2012 [1 favorite]


You can't deny that these are all kids with ginger.

...and at least one with tumeric [rimshot].

OK, I'm done now. myelin sheath, I apologise for my rudeness.
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 8:35 PM on January 18, 2012


She saw her father bleeding profusely and mother writhing in pain. But without losing composure, she tiptoed into the kitchen [to get the chile powder to throw into the assailants eyes]--at age 11

You don't mess with her! She said she wants to be a police officer when she grows up. She will be the Lara Croft of the Indian Police force.
posted by eye of newt at 10:50 PM on January 18, 2012


eye of newt: "You don't mess with her! She said she wants to be a police officer when she grows up. She will be the Lara Croft of the Indian Police force."

Or, you know, the Pepper Spray Cop of India.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 11:04 PM on January 18, 2012


I was seven when I beat down a drunk man who pulled a knife on my mother.

With her purse.

When you're a child and you see the people who are supposed to protect you in trouble, something just snaps.

A moment of silence for the children who tried but didn't make it.

(.)
posted by Malice at 11:42 PM on January 18, 2012 [9 favorites]


A moment of silence for the fact that mefi increasingly links the Daily Mail.
posted by jaduncan at 3:45 AM on January 19, 2012


(oh, and http://www.dailymail.co.uk as the domain should tell people it's the original and best(tm) British tabloid).
posted by jaduncan at 3:46 AM on January 19, 2012


Those thieves were a pair of real vindaloosers.
posted by jonmc at 5:23 AM on January 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Is anyone else struck by the fact that things that would be commonplace, minor mishaps here in the US are deadly in India?

Huts catching fire, traffic accidents?

The mere fact that we have fire departments with trained rescuers versus kids kind of makes me grateful to live in the developed world.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 7:17 AM on January 19, 2012


My face is permanently stuck in this position when reading about the 11-year-old girl:

:3

(Yes, the fact that she had to do that at all is tragic. But oh my god, how cool is that little girl?)
posted by Phire at 7:21 AM on January 19, 2012


So I looked up this award on Wikipedia and I want to know more about this kid:

"2004 Boya Geethanjali [won the award] For fighting seven armed Naxalites at Ananthapuram village, securing the release of a woman Member of Legislative Assembly they were trying to abduct, and forcing the Naxalites to flee."

WTF? And he was 12. Goddamn, I will never do anything as heroic as that in my life.
posted by nooneyouknow at 7:58 AM on January 19, 2012 [2 favorites]



"2004 Boya Geethanjali [won the award] For fighting seven armed Naxalites at Ananthapuram village, securing the release of a woman Member of Legislative Assembly they were trying to abduct, and forcing the Naxalites to flee."


Sometimes you forget how big India is until you're like, "What's a Naxalite?" and the answer is "Oh, nothing much, just an army of Maoist insurgents that have been plaguing huge swathes of the countryside for a decade or four. You probably haven't heard of them, there's only like, 50,000 of them. Maybe 100,000." And you're like, "Oh, that's how big India is."
posted by Diablevert at 8:29 PM on January 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


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