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Definition

Typical Indian euphemism for Roadside Weigh Stations. Literal translation is "righteous duty thorn". Dharam Kaantas are found scattered along highways where "lorries" ferrying goods are weighed. In actuality the Kaanta refers to the pointer on the scale on which weighing is done. Weighing of commercial vehicles is for the purpose of collecting road use tax, so one can imagine what the righteous duty thorns, i.e. weigh station workers, would be doing here. Wink wink, nudge nudge, pay me a few and I'll declare your lorry underweight, dharam jaaye bhaad mein.

Usage

Dharam Kaanta - belonging to Pistol Singh of Gram Rewari, very reliable and honest service.
Added 2013-09-28 by Paanini

Root

Hindi

Region

Hindi Belt

Categories

WALTO, Money & Business