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Saddam Hussein Beach in India

Saddam Hussein, was finally executed on Dec 29, 2006 in Iraq and is currently one of the most discussed topics all around the world. While reading some of the articles and other history on the man, I was rather surprised to come across the Saddam Beach in India. Yes, there is a beach name after Saddam Hussein in Kerala India. Saddam Beach is a fishing village in the Malappuram district of the Indian state of Kerala. The village is made up of a two kilometre (1¼ mi) coastal belt between Puthenkadapuram and Kettungal in Parappanangadi. The village is named after former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, in an act of solidarity during the 1991 Gulf War.

The village used to be called Tipu Sultan Beach after the Mysore King Tipu who took an aggressive stance against the British colonial forces during the late 18th century. Since the Gulf War of 1991, the villagers have decided to rename the village to its present name, expressing solidarity with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. The villagers, mostly Muslim, claim to be inspired by Saddam and his fight against the "imperialistic policies" of the United States.The new name was accepted by the Government of India, and is presently in use for all official proceedings.

The coastal hamlet that is now Saddam Beach shot into prominence when it was renamed after the Iraqi leader. The villagers of the region have since been particularly vocal about their admiration of Saddam and his anti-imperialistic stance. The United States-led invasion of Iraq was received with much condemnation. In 2003, expressing anguish over the decision of the US Army to rename "Saddam International Airport" to "Baghdad International Airport", some Saddam fans raised a large signpost on the beach with the message "Welcome to Saddam Beach". During the course of the invasion of Baghdad, the village witnessed many anti-American and anti-British demonstrations. Goods made in these countries were generally boycotted and even thrown into the sea. Many of the villagers who had work in Gulf countries were forced to return to Saddam Beach as their jobs were lost due to the aftereffects of the Gulf War, further inceasing animosity to the West. Large cut-outs and posters of Saddam, along with Iraqi flags were erected along the roadside by the natives, marking their protest.

Information obtained from Wikipedia.