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India's masterstroke against China. You take our land we take your dragon

The name of dragon fruit associated with China and we have changed it," he added.

Kamalam in Sanskrit means Lotus. Dragon Fruit that has become increasingly popular in recent years, is a tropical fruit with a unique look and taste.

 

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Dragon fruit is pretty good, I had some in Thailand a couple of years ago.
 

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An Indian state's decision to rename dragon fruit because of the original name's "association with China" has set off a storm of jokes and memes.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said the fruit would now be called kamalam, Sanskrit for the lotus flower.
The lotus is sacred to Hindus and is India's national flower.
Relations have nosedived in recent months between India and China, whose troops are locked in a tense stand-off along their long Himalayan frontier.
India began cultivating dragon fruit only in recent years and it's now grown in parts of Gujarat too. It belongs to a family of cactus - and is believed to have earned its fearsome name because its pointy outer layer resembles the scales of a dragon.
Though it's a tropical fruit native to Central America and is largely imported from South America, many in India associate it with China because of its name.
Rivals India and China are often described as the elephant and the dragon respectively, and relations between the neighbours have been especially frosty since their armies clashed high in the Himalayas in the summer.
The state's decision to rename the fruit was announced on Tuesday by Mr Rupani. The lotus is also the election symbol of the Bharatiya Janata Party, to which he and India's PM Narendra Modi belong.
"The name dragon fruit is not proper, and due to its name one thinks of China. So we have given it the name 'kamalam'," Mr Rupani told the local press.
Mr Rupani did not elaborate but that was all the inspiration the internet needed.

Military historians worldwide should take note of India's genuinely innovative response to Chinese land encroachment: officially renaming a Thai fruit. Don't mess with us, is the strong message. We can rename any number of things.
— Samit Basu (@samitbasu) January 20, 2021
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In June last year, a deadly clash between Indian and Chinese troops left 20 Indian soldiers dead. Since then, India has also accused China of violating the border consensus by carrying out "provocative military movements".
So Indians were quick to poke fun at what they saw as a tame, and even pointless, move.

🇨🇳 - We are going to take your land 👿

🇮🇳 - We are going to rename Dragon fruit 🤓
— Amish Bengan™ 🍆 (@ChottuBnD) January 20, 2021
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And some even felt sorry for the fruit!

Gujarat Government renames dragon fruit as 'Kamalam' 🤦#dragonfruit #india #gujarat #indians pic.twitter.com/EhTgXgmTjM
— PENCILASHAN (@pencilashan) January 20, 2021
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Also the butt of jokes was the BJP's penchant for renaming things, from cities to roads, a habit that has often seen them being accused of trying to rewrite India's history by trying to erase the mark of centuries of Islamic rule.

#Kamalam #dragonfruit
Now they are even renaming fruits also.
Peach be like: https://t.co/8EM5lPrnO8 pic.twitter.com/82oEFBHaiA
— Divesh Bhagat (@DiveshBhagat11) January 20, 2021
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One Twitter user seemed relieved that she could still eat the fruit, given that the government had banned several Chinese apps since June, citing security and privacy concerns.

Thank god they just changed the name. I was expecting a new trend of #boycottdragonfruit🤣 #dragonfruit #Kamalam
— Samridhi Sood (@Shubhi0168) January 20, 2021
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Of course, no list of memes is complete without Game of Thrones, so there were plenty of references to Khaleesi and her dragons!

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Khaleesi with Kamalam. pic.twitter.com/sTopPnrQPN
— CS Amudhan (@csamudhan) January 20, 2021
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Good to increase vocabulary of Hindi language by giving names to objects for which no local names existed before.
 

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Thank you for this kind information.
Listen bub, we're happy that butthurt Indians keep doing dumb things. Don't stop.

How's the "boycott China" working out for you?

As long as you relabel all Chinese imports to "shamalamalama" or something similar, does that count as boycotting China? I think you can win that battle
 

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Listen bub, we're happy that butthurt Indians keep doing dumb things. Don't stop.

How's the "boycott China" working out for you?

As long as you relabel all Chinese imports to "shamalamalama" or something similar, does that count as boycotting China? I think you can win that battle
Why are you crying? I just thanked you man.
 

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