Did Hitler appear in Indian Parliament?
NEW DELHI - An Indian lawmaker has appeared in Parliament dressed like Adolf Hitler with a toothbrush moustache and wearing a khaki coat with swastika symbols on his pocket and arm.
Naramalli Sivaprasa demanded more funds for the development of his state in southern India. He also raised his hand in a Nazi salute for the media on Thursday. His appearance did not trigger any protests from legislators.
"He does not get the pulse of what people want and I want to urge him to not be like him (Hitler)," he said.
Modi’s government denies the charge.
In protest, Sivaprasa’s powerful regional group, The Telugu Desam Party, broke its alliance with the Modi government in March. It also unsuccessfully tried to bring down the government through a no-confidence motion last month in Parliament.
Sivaprasa is used to dressing up differently, like a farmer, a cattle herder, a Muslim cleric and a woman to press different issues.
Hitler remains a figure of fascination in India, where the Holocaust is not well known, and is widely seen more as a strong leader than a genocidal dictator. His book, "Mein Kampf," can be found in many bookstores, and bootleg copies are regularly sold in the streets of New Delhi and other large cities. Agencies