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Hitlerís Strange Afterlife in India
The Daily Beast ^ | 3rd December 2012 | Dilip DíSouza

Posted on 12/03/2012 9:40:03 AM PST by the scotsman

'Hated and mocked in much of the world, the Nazi leader has developed a strange following among schoolchildren and readers of Mein Kampf in India. Dilip D’Souza on how political leader Bal Thackeray influenced Indians to admire Hitler and despise Gandhi.'

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1 posted on 12/03/2012 9:40:05 AM PST by the scotsman
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To: the scotsman

"Sieg Heil, Ganesh!"

2 posted on 12/03/2012 9:43:36 AM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: the scotsman
Bal Thackeray influenced Indians to admire Hitler and despise Gandhi.

Why not admire both? After all, Gandhi saw more evil in fighting back than he did in laying down to be slaughtered.

"I appeal for cessation of hostilities ... because war is bad in essence. You want to kill Nazism. Your soldiers are doing the same work of destruction as the Germans. The only difference is that perhaps yours are not as thorough as the Germans ... I venture to present you with a nobler and a braver way, worthy of the bravest soldiers. I want you to fight Nazism without arms or ... with non-violent arms. I would like you to lay down the arms you have as being useless for saving you or humanity. You will invite Herr Hitler and Signor Mussolini to take what they want of the countries you call your possessions. Let them take possession of your beautiful island, with your many beautiful buildings. You will give all these but neither your souls, nor your minds. If these gentlemen choose to occupy your homes, you will vacate them. If they do not give you free passage out, you will allow yourself, man, woman and child, to be slaughtered, but you will refuse to owe allegiance to them ... I am telling His Excellency the Viceroy that my services are at the disposal of His Majesty's Government, should they consider them of any practical use in advancing the object of my appeal."

-Gandhi
3 posted on 12/03/2012 9:53:43 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Cincinatus

Hitler is also very popular in much of the Arab world. Hostility towards Jews and Israel runs deep in the Third World, hence much of Hitler’s appeal.


4 posted on 12/03/2012 9:57:16 AM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: the scotsman

Don’t mistake a fondness for the “Swastika” for a fondness of Hitler.

The “Swastika” in Europe and India has been around for thousands of years.


5 posted on 12/03/2012 10:11:15 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: cripplecreek

I despise Hitler, but I could also care less about Gandhi. His methods have empowered idiot hippies since the 1960s.


6 posted on 12/03/2012 10:19:00 AM PST by ohioman
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To: 2banana

In Vietnam I saw the swastika on Buddhist temples & pagodas.

It’s analagous to the Wheel of Life, IIRC.


7 posted on 12/03/2012 10:22:32 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: elcid1970

The swastika is on Iroquois carvings here in PA.


8 posted on 12/03/2012 10:26:28 AM PST by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: the scotsman

It is not incomprehensible that students raised and educated in a highly socialist country would gravitate to Fascism. The level of despair that still exist in India due to statist that run the government is mindbogglingly. They refuse to implement reforms that have worked in certain areas on a country wide basis. They continue with a highly bureaucratic system that keep the very people it is suppose to protect in poverty.


9 posted on 12/03/2012 10:33:40 AM PST by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: the scotsman

Gotta give the indians credit. I tried to read Mein Kampf many years ago out of curiosity, but got bored with the whining and poor me of Hitler after about 50 pages.


10 posted on 12/03/2012 10:44:04 AM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: Safetgiver

Americans once flew warplanes bearing the swastika.

In WW1 the LaFayette Escadrille’s insignia was an Indian head wearing a feather war bonnet with a swastika earpiece.

Too bad the Nazis ruined it for everyone else.


11 posted on 12/03/2012 10:47:22 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: the scotsman

Why does that scare heck out of me?
Hitler came into power in a Republic and manuevered his way to being a dictator. I can see that happening in India - with over a billion Indians to use as cannon fodder...


12 posted on 12/03/2012 10:48:44 AM PST by Little Ray (Get back to work. Your urban masters need their EBTs refilled.)
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To: Safetgiver

The largest oldest Catholic Church in Topeka Kansas has carved swastikas all around the sanctuary.


13 posted on 12/03/2012 10:54:23 AM PST by Mercat (Adventures make you late for dinner. Bilbo Baggins)
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To: the scotsman

A Hitler after-life as a dung beetle?


14 posted on 12/03/2012 11:00:53 AM PST by YHAOS
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To: cripplecreek

Comes with a medal for exercising restraint, no doubt...


15 posted on 12/03/2012 11:54:43 AM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: the scotsman
In India?

Hitler was found recently in Chile. The press asked him if he could live life over would he do anything differently. He replied, “Yes indeed. Next time, no more Mr Nice Guy!”

16 posted on 12/03/2012 12:55:01 PM PST by llevrok (Unlike Obama, at least Nero could play a fiddle.)
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To: Safetgiver

There are swastika’s on the entry floor of the Montana Club here in Helena.


17 posted on 12/03/2012 1:11:46 PM PST by jesseam (eliev)
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To: the scotsman

Was that “BAAL” Thackeray.....?


18 posted on 12/03/2012 10:44:52 PM PST by Amberdawn
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