Monday, 22 November 2010
According to a June article written Zubair Ahmed of BBC News in Mumbai, Hitler is quite the pop culture icon for young Indians. Yes, it seems kind of odd and inappropriate but its actually true. Books and memorabilia on Hitler's life are being bought at a constant rate in India. The youth idolize and admire this hated figure, mainly because of his, "discipline and patriotism."
Books, T-Shirts, bags, bandanas and key chains with Hitler's image are selling like hotcakes in this part of the world. Could you imagine walking down the street and seeing a dude with a Hitler bandana smoking a cigarette? Or a 16 year old girl with Hitler on her bookbag? It seems fake, but its actually true.
Most Indian teens say they don't approve of his policy with the Jews, but other than that he was, "an okay guy."
It makes some sense when you think of Hitler bringing Germany out of an economic depression, something most Indians think would be good for their country today. They feel a person with Hitler's leadership and discipline would be good for India.
The following is a direct quote from the article:
'Dimple Kumari, a research associate in Pune, has not read Mein Kampf but she would wear the Hitler T-shirt out of admiration for him. She calls him "a legend" and tries to put her admiration for him in perspective: "The killing of Jews was not good, but everybody has a positive and negative side."'
Miss Kumari calls Hitler a legend like most Americans call Bob Marley a "legend". In my opinion, the youth in India are making a massive faux paz. Sure, Hitler was a crafty politician, but having a Hitler keychain is borderline disrespectful. In Hitler's case, his cons kind of outweighed his pros. Maybe India could use a good leader, but I think most will agree Adolf's business plan is, well, completely flawed.
Read for yourself: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8660064.stm
What do you think? Is this wrong or do they have a point?