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Hitler and Frankenstein to contest Meghalaya elections

Submitted by Karthik on 20 February, 2013 - 14:14

According to a report by AFP, candidates with names such as Adolf Lu Hitler-Marak, Frankenstein Momin, Predecessor Rumnong, and Process Sawkmie are set to contest the upcoming elections in Meghalaya.

Keeping them company when the hilly state of Meghalaya goes to the polls on Saturday are others called Bombersingh, Boldness Billykid, Predecessor and Process.
Hopingstone Lyngdoh, Hilarious Pochen and Hopeful Bamon will also try their luck at nabbing one of the 60 seats up for grabs in the state legislative assembly.

Historians say the once-close ties with England have seen many people name their children using random English words or famous names from the past, often with no knowledge of what they might mean.

"Often they don't know the background of the names. They get attracted to these names for their quest of modernity," Sanjeeb Kakoty, a history professor at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong told AFP.

Al Jazeera's article notes that an independent candidate is Hopeful while two are Hilarious! Presumably most of them are Khasi.