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Will you dine at Hitler's Cross?
August 23, 2006
A restaurant on the outskirts of Mumbai is creating controversy.
The newly-opened hotel, curiously named Hitler's Cross, has offended India's small population of Jews and the Israeli consul in Mumbai.
The story was picked up around the world and by blogging sites after the new agency Reuters reported on the restaurant.
The restaurant is located at Kharghar just off the Mumbai-Pune highway in Mumbai's satellite township of Navi Mumbai.
However, the restaurant owner Punit Shablok is adamant that he won't change the name. "I have registered the name and will not change it. There are hundreds of other businesses around the world registered in Hitler's name. Why this fuss about my restaurant? I am tired of giving interviews to the press all day," he says.
He also says that his emblem isn't exactly like Hitler's swastika. "Mine is red on white and Hitler's had it in black".
However in difference to the hullabaloo over the name, he has taken down a picture of the German dictator from the premises.
Text and photograph: Uttam Ghosh