Indian Weekender 19-Sep-2014

Indian Weekender 19-Sep-2014 Vol. 6 Issue 10
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Transcript September 2014 1   19 September, 2014 Vol. 6 Issue 10 | The leading Kiwi Indian fortnightly newspaper FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION The Pulse of Kiwi Indians  Auckland ã Hamilton ã Palmerston North ã Hastings ã Invercargill  Pg 3-5Pg 20-21 Navratri Special   Pg 2Pg 20-21 To arm or not to arm Pg 25Pg 32 Jogi’s MantraIndia Modifed September 2014 2 NEW ZEALAND highlights 14  MAYORAL DRIVE News from the council 7,8  AUCKLAND DIWALI Book your schedule for October 11 and 12 22  INDIA The undisputed, unstoppable heroes 36  WHATS ON   Whats’ happening around town   38  FACE OF THE WEEK Padma Akula - Playwright 17  POWER COLUMN Hear our leaders’ speak  18  FIJI News from our neighbour Follow us on PROFESSIONAL FINANCIALSOLUTIONS HEAD OFFICE 35 Morningside Drive, St. Lukes Mt. 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Here is what they had to say: VIPAN GARGSuper LiquorManukau I don’t agree with such a statement. We should not keep arms with us. Even if we keep them, we still can’t shoot anybody for robbing us. Law doesn’t allow us to do so. Even the cops are not allowed to shoot anybody, then how can we? This statement is a result of an emotional reaction.I think, security of retailers has more to do with the law and order situation. The denition of crime should be changed and laws should  be made stringent enough to warn criminals against them. The government should think of making stronger laws. ANIL AHUJAKhoobsuratMt Roskill / Papatoetoe A lthough having arms with us will give criminals a message, still I don’t support this statement as it will cause more loss than  benets. Most of our Indian friends own liquor stores in Auckland. We have got insurance for everything. So, if someone robs, we’ll lose some things. But having a gun in our hands can  be the cause for somebody losing their life.Instead we can keep a gun that wouldn’t cause death but harm the offenders, for example a tear-gas gun. I think having arms with us will increase crimes. The retailers will then become criminals. Worse than anything, that can lead to violence even in family issues. Who knows, if we are having a gun at home, we might kill somebody in a t of extreme anger. MAHENDRA VELENKAR Star Convenience Store Wakefeld Street, Auckland Central I was a petrol station owner in India and crimes like robberies have happened to me there. Luckily nothing like that has happened to me here. But having heard of such crimes against community people, I too want to make sure that I am secure at my workplace. But having arms with me is not at all viable. I do not support such statements. Though I would consider keeping some cricket bat or baseball  bat with me, in case I feel I’m in danger and need to scare the offenders. I think a better way to ensure our security would be to increase police patrolling and making the punishment for offenders stricter. That would stop them from committing such crimes. countinued on Pg4 & Pg5... Shops in Sandringham September 2014 4 NEW ZEALAND   , , , , , , Namaste From the Auckland Indian banking team. Talk to us today about our award winning products and services to help you reach your goals faster.         4        3        3        2  Farea Khan 09 488 6068 Aarti Narayan 09 924 3576 Raj Mehta 09 924 0393   VASANT PATELFenchurch SuperetteGlen Innes I don’t agree with the statement. If we keep weapons, criminals will come with even  bigger weapons. This is not an effective way to control crime against retailers. If we are killing the criminals, we’ll also become criminals. Then, what would be the difference between them and us. ANIL KUMAR K’Rd SuperetteAuckland Central I strongly disagree with such statement. This is absolutely ridiculous. Why should I keep arms to secure my life? If the weapon res back at me by mistake or any customer gets injured, then who will be responsible for that? This is a 100 per cent wrong statement. I do not agree with any political statements at all. They (politicians) wake up before the elections and then disappear for the next three years. These politicians are working for big  businesses only, not small businesses like us.Why don’t they make the laws stronger? Why don’t they give strict judgements? Why don’t they give more rights to policemen? The court gives rst-time offenders community service. This makes them take the law very lightly. SAMEER RAICharisma Copy and PrintsPapakura I agree with the statement and I think it is right. If we look at the past few events that have happened in the community, like robbing and killing, I think it is necessary to have arms with us. We are not actually going to harm anybody. But if the offenders will know that you have arms, they will think twice before attacking you. TAJINDER SINGHFast ’n’ FreshQueen Street, Auckland Central I don’t agree with such statements because in the end it’s going to come back to you. If while saving yourself, you harm somebody, you are going to pay back. You will become a criminal and will have to suffer. Law doesn’t allow us to keep arms with us and harm anybody. There are heaps of other things to keep for your safety. Rather there should be more strictness in law and order. There should be more police to keep an eye on such activities. Punishment for such offences should be stricter so that they would think again before committing crimes. People even go to jail in order to avail the revelry provided to them in jail like good food, for which citizens are paying taxes. SHIVANI ARORA India Gate Restaurant Epsom I am completely against such statements. I think having the right to be armed can be misused. Moreover, I think the ratio of such crimes is not very high in Auckland, but more so in South Auckland. Retailers in South Auckland should be allowed to keep arms and not Auckland-wide. Optionally they can keep things like softball bats for their safety. I believe police has to be quite rm while Shops in an Auckland suburb countinued from Pg3
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