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Hitler shop prompts outrage

2012-09-02 14:07

New Delhi - The owner of a menswear shop in western India controversially named "Hitler" said on Sunday he would consider changing its name after it triggered protests from the local Jewish community and the Israeli mission.

The shop opened in Gujarat state's Ahmedabad city last month. It features the word "Hitler" in bold letters and a Nazi swastika dotting the letter "i" on its hoarding.

Its owner, Rajesh Shas, says Ahmedabad's small Jewish community, which numbers less than 500, had approached him demanding that it be renamed.

"Our intention is not to hurt anyone. We will decide on renaming the store after my business partner returns from a trip abroad in a day or two," Shah said in a telephone interview.

"But I have consulted my lawyer, who said no offence is made under Indian laws," he said.

Shah claims he did not know who Adolf Hitler was, saying the shop was named after his business partner's grandfather, who was dubbed "Hitler" for being very strict.

"It was a catchy name .. Our store is doing good business."

But Israel's consul-general in Mumbai, Orna Sagiv, was not amused, telling the BBC she was "shocked" by the "insensitive name".

Many Indians have also launched an online petition demanding that the shop's license be revoked. Nikitin Contractor of India's Friends of Israel condemned the "attempt to celebrate a mass murderer, in Gujarat, the birthplace of non-violence icon Mahatma Gandhi."

Comments
  • zaatheist - 2012-09-02 14:49

    Well that was not very bright. How about changing the name to "The Sacred Cow" and see what happens when the Hindus find out.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-02 14:52

    How about Alexander the Great, another mass murderer!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-02 15:10

      Never talk to a frenchman about Napoleon.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-02 15:58

      How about; "Fidel's BS store" ?

      zaatheist - 2012-09-02 19:35

      Fidel is a Muslim and suffers from the usual pathological hatred of Jews.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-02 23:05

      I'm surrounded by imbeciles!

  • neil.fromearth - 2012-09-02 15:01

    How about there being any Jews at all in Ahmedabad!!!

  • teddy.beer.319 - 2012-09-02 15:58

    Why do I have this feeling that there is a near similar militancy about 'sensitive' names from Jewish people as some militant Muslims do about some names. Only a few days ago, there were some marchers against Blair here and some pro-Israeli marchers against labeling of products from occupied territories. Here, we still have landmarks and streets named after people we do not like a lot but we are told to 'live with it'. We even draw people's private parts and cry we uphold freedom of expression. Maybe India is a bit different?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-03 10:48

      South Africans are a tolerant lot, unlike Jews or Muslims!

  • captaine.morgan.90 - 2012-09-03 09:20

    Its all about the less than 20m Jews of this world!

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