WTF is it with Indians when it comes to Der Fuhrer?
One of my uncles is a short-tempered and strict man, so we nicknamed him Hitler. While naming this particular batch of cones, I thought why can’t we have a little fun at the expense of my uncle and name the cones after him!
Fair enough, Mister Kumar. But that’s not your uncle on the carton – is it?
Hey, Kumar – you blocked out Hitler’s swastika armband! What are you going to do about that?
Sorry I asked.
As the article points out, Hitler isn’t reviled in India as in most other parts of the world. It’s a common belief there that Hitler enabled India’s independence by leaving Great Britain weakened by World War 2. Which is funny, since Hitler admired the colonial administration of the subcontinent and would have left it in place had he won the war. Furthermore the Brits, although Germany’s enemy, were at least white and therefore a superior race to the Indians. You’d think it was pretty obvious well before 1939 where Adolf’s sympathies would fall – even more so seventy years later.
It must be awkward to be admired by people who totally misunderstand you.