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India's 'Hitler' clothing store to change name

Published on Sep 4, 2012 6:48 PM
A general view of the 'Hitler' clothing store in Ahmedabad on August 28, 2012. Members of the Jewish community in the western Indian state have urged the shop owners to change the name of the store, which was opened on Aug 19, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

AHMEDABAD, India (AFP) - The owner of an Indian store called "Hitler" said on Tuesday he had agreed to drop the Nazi dictator's name and re-brand his shop following protests from the Jewish community and the government.

The shop, which sells Western menswear, opened in Ahmedabad city in the western state of Gujarat last month with "Hitler" spelled out in large white letters above the storefront, complete with a Swastika as the dot on the "i".

Members of the tiny Jewish community in Ahmedabad condemned the store's name, while a senior Israeli official raised the matter with the state government.

"I plan to change the store's name very soon. There is tremendous pressure from the government and the Jewish community to drop the name," Mr Manish Chandani, co-owner of the store, told AFP.

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