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Hitler runs for re-election

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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 today is proof.

Hitler has already been elected to the state assembly three times, with little controversy over being named after the Nazi dictator. He points out that he's not an exact match; his middle name is Lu.

Hitler has travelled the world, including to the United States and Germany. He has often been asked by immigration officials why he has that name. He says it wasn't his decision.

India played little role in the Second World War, and many Indians view Hitler not as the personification of evil but as a figure of fascination.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 23, 2013 A27

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