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India Nationalists Denounce President Bush's Cat

on 2001/7/21 9:46:02 ( 1272 reads )


BOMBAY, INDIA, July 19, 2001: Nationalists protested in front of the U.S. Consulate here Thursday, saying the name of President Bush's cat -- "India" -- was an insult and should be removed from the White House Web site. "Mr. President, don't make a mistake. Indians are lions not cats," read posters held up by some of the 30 activists of the Bharatiya Janata Party. "We feel that this is derogatory and the Web site should be corrected," said Mangal Prabhat Lodha, a state legislator and member of the party. "We happened to see the Web site where the cat is introduced along with other Bush family members. That's when we realized that George Bush's cat is called 'India,' " said Lodha. "No, we are not asking for renaming. We just want mention of the cat to be removed from the Web site," said Lodha. He handed a protest letter to a consulate official, who said it would be forwarded to the White House. The Web site -- -- contains a thumbnail sketch of Bush and introduces his wife, twin daughters and the family pets -- two dogs and a cat.

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