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420 February 6, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in history, india.
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One of the most informative articles of its kind in a while.

Still, Macaulay might have been amused by the fact that of his vast and complex Code, perhaps only two sections are known to most Indians. These are Section 144, which prohibits gatherings of more than five people whenever the Government perceives a threat to “law and order”; and Section 420, which defines what is counterfeiting. Indeed, the latter section, rendered in the vernacular, has even become a verb: so that we can now call a trickster of our acquaintance a “char sau bis”.

No, I confess, I really didnt know that Section 420 part. Embarassing, I know. ( On second thoughts, maybe because I am not one 😉 ).

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