Hitler, Frankenstein campaign in Indian election

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:21 PM ET

Adolf Hitler is seeking re-election.

Adolf Lu Hitler R. Marak of the Indian National Congress, that is.

He's one of many candidates with colourful names in the Meghalaya state elections in northeastern India.

The region is known for odd, Western-inspired names.

Historian Amanda Passah told Hindi news site Samay Live this stems from a "colonial hangover."

"It is unfair to laugh at them since they are not to be blamed for having such names," the North Eastern Hills University professor said. "It is the result of fascination of anything Western or European of their parents."

Other candidates include Frankenstein Momin, Highlander Kharmalki, Field Marshal Mawphniang, Moonlight Pariat, Jhim Carter M. Sangma, Hilarius Dkhar, Rightious N. Sangma and Billykid A. Sangma,

As for Hitler, India's Jewish community leaders have called on him to change his name.

"What can be done now? My parents chose this name when I was born 54 years ago," he told the Hundustan Times.


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