GAUHATI, India — Adolf Hitler is running for election in India. So is Frankenstein.
The tiny northeast Indian state of Meghalaya has a special fascination for interesting and sometimes controversial names, and the ballot for state elections Saturday is proof.
Among the 345 contestants running for the state assembly are Frankenstein Momin, Billykid Sangma, Field Marshal Mawphniang, and Romeo Rani. Some, like Kenedy Marak, Kennedy Cornelius Khyriem, and Jhim Carter Sangma, are clearly hoping for the electoral success of their namesake US presidents.
Then there is Hitler.
This 54-year-old father of three has won three elections to the state assembly with little controversy over being named after the Nazi dictator.
His father had worked with the British Army, but apparently developed enough of a fascination with Great Britain’s archenemy to name his son Adolf Hitler, he said.
India played little role in World War II, and many Indians view Hitler not as the personification of evil but as a figure of fascination.