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Friday, August 25, 2006

Sometimes, Positive Protest Works

The Mumbai, India Restaurant's, "Hitler's Cross", has decided to not only take down the poster of Hitler from the road outside the Restaurant, but it will also change its name. After consistent and hard pressure from the small Jewish community in india, and the German and Israeli governments, the owner of the controversial restaurant have decided to comply with their wishes.
"We acknowledge that the name adopted by us for our restaurant was most inappropriate," Satish Sabhlok, one of the owners of the multi-cuisine restaurant, said in a statement.
"Our intention was not to glorify Hitler or his atrocities or ideology in any way and we regret the anguish caused by the use of this name."

No word yet on what the new name of the restaurant will be. One thing is certain. The owner got just as much, if not more, attention as he wanted with this whole ordeal.

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At 5:18 AM, Blogger Chai18 said...

out of all the countries in the world India is one of the only ones not to have any history of anti-semitism, this is just stupidity. besides for India's past obsessions with the non-aligned movement, its really one of Israels better friends in the world

At 8:33 AM, Blogger Fern R said...

I kind of wonder if the restaurant owner didn't really know how bad his name choice was? I don't understand how anyone could make that mistake, but the whole thing just seemed so weird. It's not like the guy was a Nazi sympathizer or anything. Weird.

At 11:41 AM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

India's a very interesting country, to say the least. fern, I believe this really was done out of attention. If you look at the guy's words, you can tell this was all a gimmick, and it WORKED! He got world-wide attention, and his restaurant has been packed every day. I don't really believe he had any intention of keeping the name. He got what he wanted out of the whole deal.

At 7:25 PM, Blogger Gert said...

Sure, it was attention seeking, but the guy didn't quite understand how loaded these symbols are (no, I'm not being apologetic in the slightest).

Europeans clould be easily fooled in believing India is a fascist country because the swastika is still an important motive over there, from way before it became the symbol of Nazism: the Nazi dumbfucks adopted it because it's supposed to mean "good luck" in Sanskrit (slightly unfortunate choice of symbol, with hindsight!)

I doubt if his restaurant will do very well, with all this negative publicity. Good luck? No, good riddance!

At 8:20 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Well, then, Europeans would be even DUMBER than I thought. The India symbol that looks like a swastika clearly and obviously goes in the OPPOSITE direction than the actual swastika. The Indian symbol was invented and around hundreds of years before Nazism. If anything, the Nazis took the symbol from the ROMANS. If you've ever been to a history museum with Roman artifacts, many Roman bowls have what became the Nazi symbol on it. Learning history is always a good thing. Unfortunately, Europeans don't believe in such things.

At 8:54 PM, Blogger Gert said...


You really are quite the blowhard, aren't you?

The Swastika (in Sanskrit) can turn either left or right but the symbol means the same and comes from Eurasia, not the Romans, the Romans may have adopted it but the symbol didn't originate in Roman times.

At 6:20 PM, Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Why don't you look it up, eh? I actually spoke with an Indian expert about it. You going to call him a liar???

At 7:57 PM, Blogger Gert said...

Well, the thing is, I DID look it up and that's what I found.

Aren't you perhaps getting confused with the origin of the word "Fascism", the root of which is "fasces" which WAS a Roman symbol, adopted by Mussolini and shortly after by the German Nazi swines?

The Nazis also believed there was once a Eurasian ("Aryan") master race from which they descended. Hence also the choice of a Eurasian symbol as a good luck charm.

But don't believe me or you'll dissapoint me (LOL).


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