I was shocked when I came to know that a garment store named “Hitler” has opened in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The store even bore the infamous “Swastika” symbol that Nazi Germany used during World War 2. As a Gujarati and from the land where our leader Mahatma Gandhi was born this came as a reality check of the world we are living in.
When I questioned the store owner Mr. Rajesh Shah pleaded ignorance about the issue and that he is using a brutal dictator’s name for this shop. He even countered me saying the number of Jews killed by Hitler was nothing huge. One can easily spot out that that he did extensive research on Hitler, his symbols and to the things he used. I requested Mr. Shah to take down the name but he refused. Further he said that one has to pay him money to get the name changed.
Section 295A prohibits individuals, traders and companies from using names / signs which hurt religious sentiments of citizen(s) of India of any religious background. So I am calling on Amdavad Municipal Commissioner Mr. Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra to immediately revoke the trade and shop license of the store, located at 34-Advait Building, near Vastrapur Lake, B/h Sandesh Press, Vastrapur Ahmedabad.
Please sign and share this petition with everyone.
You can also call Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra’s office and tell him about the store and this campaign - 079- 25352828. Tell him -
1. The store hurts the sensitivity of the public and that it is illegal under Section 295(A) of Indian Penal Code. The store’s trade and shop license should be revoked immediately.
2. The store is located in 34-Advait Building, near Vastrapur Lake, B/h Sandesh Press, Vastrapur Ahmedabad and owned by Mr.Rajesh Shah.
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Image Courtesy- New York Times http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/28/image-of-the-day-august-28/