Rajesh Shah said when he opened the store in Ahmedabad recently he was unaware that Hitler was the name of a Nazi dictator, Israeli broadcaster Arutz Sheva reported Tuesday.
"Hitler was a nickname given to my business partner Manish Chandani's grandfather because of his strict nature," said Shah. "It was only recently that we read about Hitler in the Internet."
Sources told The Times of India that Israel's consul general in Mumbai met with senior state government officials Monday to let them know that the shop's name upset members of the Jewish community both in India and around the world.
Consul General Orna Sagiv said she had received many complaints.
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