Hitler and Frankenstein run for office in India

State level elections in Meghalaya have shone a light on the most unusual list of candidates.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 20, 2013 15:05
Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster

Frankenstein 370. (photo credit: Courtesy)

This week's local elections in India have brought into the spotlight an unusual practice left over from colonial days, according to AFP, with some of the candidates sporting somewhat distinctive names.

For Hitler and Frankenstein are apparently among the 343 political wannabes hoping snag one of 60 spots open on the state legislative assembly in Meghalaya.

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History professor Sanjeeb Kakoty of the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong, the capital of the northeastern state of Meghalaya, told AFP that the outlandish names are a throwback to British colonial rule, and new parents often name their offspring at random, with little thought to the actual meaning of a word.

If the list of candidates is anything to go by, this is indeed the case; AFP says that joining Hitler and Frankenstein in the race are Boldness Billykid, Hilarious Pochen and Hopeful Bamon.

Adolf Lu Hitler-Marak told AFP that his parents had not been aware of his namesake's bloody history and was adamant that aside from his mustache, he has nothing in common with the Nazi dictator.


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