India has a new weapon and it’s very unconventional, it’s the newest biological weapon. When one hears the term biological weapon, thoughts of fear and terrorism quickly come to mind, but in this case, these fears should not arise. India has essentially created a new form of tear gas, an all natural one. Scientist have constructed a means of containing the extracts of bhut jolokia, the world’s hottest chili, into hand grenades. The Indian Ministry of Defense claims that these new grenades will be vital in the fight against terrorism because the grenades will be able to force terrorists out of caves with their spiciness.
Not only has India created a biological weapon with no negative environmental or health effects, but it has also found a way of incorporating the often volatile and ignored Northeastern region into the political mix. The chili in grown primarily in the Northeast, a region in which Maoist have created an ongoing and strong insurgency. By increasing the use and demand for the chilis, the chili grenade has also increased the crop’s value. This will encourage further farming of the chili and provide additional formal means of employment and inclusion within the governance process.
India may have killed two birds with one stone by creating the chili grenade.