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Parents in Meghalaya often name their children after historical figures — notorious or not.

Another Adolf Hitler is attempting a rise to power — this time in northeast India, Al Jazeera reports. The man’s full given name is Adolf lu Hitler R Marak, and he is running for the 60-member state assembly.

Because of a strange naming custom in the state of Meghalaya, Hitler is one of many bizarre namesakes vying for office on Feb. 23. Joining him on the ballot is Frankenstein Momin, who’s “contesting the seat in Mendhipathar,” the news outlet writes.

The strange names are not meant to represent ideological beliefs and do not sway voter opinion, locals explained in the article. Many are just humorous gestures in a culture that likes to laugh at itself. Case in point: Two candidates are named Hilarious.

Elaborating on the tradition, the Washington Post explained that parents in Meghalaya often name their children after historical figures — notorious or not.

(Via Huff Po from an Al Jazeera story)

Frankenstein Momin, Field Marshal Mawphniang and Adolf lu Hitler R Marak should however remember that these things are always relative.

(David)