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Exit the dragon fruit

India renames a favorite food to remove its Chinese flavor

Incensed by a military stand-off on its Himalayan border with China, where at least 20 Indian soldiers have been killed, India is hitting back -- by changing the name of one of its favorite fruits.

Announcing the decision, Vijay Rupani, chief minister of Gujarat State, said the dragon fruit would henceforth be called "kamalam," which means lotus in Sanskrit, because its English name "reminds one of China." The lotus is India's national flower and the symbol of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, to which Rupani belongs.

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