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Mein Kampf a Secret to Success in India????

In books, Foreign Affairs, literature, off-beat, World War II on April 30, 2009 by Editor Z

In India it seems that Mein Kampf written of course by former Nazi Dictator Adolf Hitler has recently become a best seller according to recent reports in the London Daily Telegraph. Business students seem to be big into it and see it as somewhat of a Horatio Alger type meets Donald Trump story, but of course unlike either of them Hitler oversaw the murder of six million Jews not to mention other groups of people both German and non-German as well as the enslavement of much of the globe.

Booksellers told The Daily Telegraph that while it is regarded in most countries as a ‘Nazi Bible’, in India it is considered a management guide in the mould of Spencer Johnson’s “Who Moved My Cheese”.

Sales of the book over the last six months topped 10,000 in New Delhi alone, according to leading stores, who said it appeared to be becoming more popular with every year.

Several said the surge in sales was due to demand from students who see it as a self-improvement and management strategy guide for aspiring business leaders, and who were happy to cite it as an inspiration.

“Students are increasingly coming in asking for it and we’re happy to sell it to them,” said Sohin Lakhani, owner of Mumbai-based Embassy books who reprints Mein Kampf every quarter and shrugs off any moral issues in publishing the book.

“They see it as a kind of success story where one man can have a vision, work out a plan on how to implement it and then successfully complete it”

Do I still believe in not banning books? Yes, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t disturbing in at least six million different ways.

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