Shillong: Hitler, Mafia, Bomber, Kennedy and Alexander are among 346 candidates seeking votes in Meghalaya.
Not to be left behind, some voters in the state also have peculiar names like Thailand, New York and Submarine.
Among the other contestants for the February 23 polls who have equally colourful names are Hilarius, Predecessor, Boldness, Hamlet and Nesting.
Historians in the state say the different names are a result of a colonial hangover
Dr Amanda Passah, a historian at the North Eastern Hills University, said, "It is unfair to laugh at them (names) since they are not to be blamed for having such names."
"It is the result of fascination of anything western or European of their parents," she said.
She said it was a 'colonial hangover' to give western names sometimes without actually knowing their meaning or connotation and tribals in the pre-colonial period in Meghalaya did not have much choice of names for their offspring.
Predominantly a Christian state, Meghalaya’s date with colonization by the British began in the 19th Century.


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