Bhut Jolokia, India’s secret weapon

India is fast becoming a military power that can cause any country to tremble. Not only does it have Bhut jolokia nuclear weapons and a huge army, it also has — here's the scary part — extremely hot chilies. Yes, Bhut Jolokia, the hottest chili pepper in the world, grows in India and could soon be lobbed at the enemy.

Indian defence scientists are planning to put one of the world's hottest chilli powders into hand grenades.

They say the devices will be used to control rioters and in counter-insurgency operations.

Researchers say the idea is to replace explosives in small hand grenades with a certain variety of red chilli to immobilise people without killing them.

The chilli, known as Bhut Jolokia, is said to be 1,000 times hotter than commonly used kitchen chilli.  [BBC News]

Talk about a potent weapon! I don't know about you, but I'm going to keep a few Bhut Jolokias under my bed in case of a robbery.

Robber: "Hands up or I'll shoot you!"

Me: "Hands up or I'll Bhut you!"

Robber (falls to his knees) : "Please spare me. I beg you. I've got a wife and kids!"

Scientists at India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) are quoted as saying the potent chilli will be used as a food additive for troops operating in cold conditions. [BBC News]

A food additive? It seems like a good idea, but isn't there enough Bhut-licking going on in the army?

And the powder will also be spread on the fences around army barracks in the hope the strong smell will keep out animals. [BBC News]

The army barracks — soon to be called Bhut Camp.

If the Bhut powder works on animals, I'd like to use it in my yard to scare-away those lettuce-munching rabbits, not to mention the noisy teen-agers next door.

If you enjoyed this piece, you'll love Melvin's novel Bala Takes the Plunge, available in North America through and You can also find it at major bookstores in India and Sri Lanka or online at FlipKart, IndiaPlaza, FriendsofBooks or other sites. A number of readers have written reviews of the novel. An excerpt of the novel can be read here.


  1. GoldenEmbers says:

    Robber: “Hands up or I’ll shoot you!”
    Me: “Hands up or I’ll Bhut you!”
    you are HILARIOUS

  2. I’ve got a wife & kids.
    Bhut the robber.

  3. Bhut Bhut Bhut the robber…..

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