Worldwide protests made a Mumbai restaurant and an Ahmedabad apparel store drop ‘Hitler’ from their names last year. It is now the turn of a Congress candidate in Meghalaya to be targeted for carrying the Nazi dictator’s name.
The Jews of the Northeast say they have nothing against Adolf Lu Hitler Marak, the Congress’ candidate for western Meghalaya’s Bajengdoba assembly constituency. “We appeal to him to change his name, now or later,” said Jewish community leader Elisheva Zodingliani from Mizoram capital Aizawl.
“What can be done now? My parents chose this name when I was born 54 years ago,” said Marak who had in 2008 won the Rangsakona seat on an NCP ticket.
Hitler Marak isn’t the only ‘monster’ in the fray. Fellow partyman Frankenstein Momin is seeking re-election from Mendipathar seat while Billykid A Sangma, named after 19th century American outlaw Billy the Kid, hopes to bag the South Tura seat.
Not to be outdone, the NCP has fielded Mafiara T Sangma for the Mahendraganj seat. The regional Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) likewise has Bombersing Hynniewta against Hamletson Dohling of United Democratic Party (UDP) for the Mylliem seat.
“I guess politicians in Meghalaya fancy unique names, however hilarious they are,” Shillong-based bureaucrat-turned-social-activist Toki Blah said. To perhaps prove him true are Independent candidates Hilarius Dkhar (Nartiang seat) and Hilarius Pohchen (Nongkrem).
Alongside the amusing are the righteous and the methodical. If Independent candidate Rightious N Sangma wants his Congress rival Winnerson D Sangma “not to live up to his name” for the Salmanpara seat, Congress’ Methodius Dkhar is going about systematically to deny Independent rival Anvil Lyngdoh the Mawshynrut seat.
Contesting the polls requires courage, as the names of Congress’ Boldness Nongum (Mairang seat) and Founder Strong Cajee (Mawlai) and his Independent brother Sounder Strong Cajee (South Shillong) seem to suggest. “And a bit of luck,” as Kismet
A Sangma contesting North Tura seat as an Independent said.
But why are they seeking a berth in the 60-member Meghalaya assembly? Ask BJP’s Veecare N Lamare (Nartiang) or Independent candidate from Amlarem Dunno Nongpluh.