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Karachi Bakery owners clarifies over the claims of shutting down of its Mumbai store

In 2019, a similar incident took place in the bakery’s Hyderabad’s nodal store in 2019 when a few alleged BJP workers wanted the name to be changed to ‘Indian Karachi Bakery.’

Karachi Bakery owners clarifies over the claims of shutting down of its Mumbai store
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Days after the iconic Karachi Bakery store, embroiled in a controversy with Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) over its ‘Pakistani name’, the Hyderabad-based owners have come out with a response over the claims of shutting down of its Mumbai store.

This comes after Haji Saif Shaikh, a local leader of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, on March 1, took to Twitter and claimed that the party’s protest has successfully resulted in the closure of the bakery.

Denying claims of Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers that the store was shut after the naming controversy, Rajesh Ramnani, one of the owners of the bakery said that they will never think of changing the brand’s name.

The reason behind shutting the current shop in Bandra was the expiry of the lease agreement and higher costs.

“We are searching for new places and will come back once a new place is found. The brand is not leaving Mumbai,” said Ramani.

“The controversy saddened us but we have to carry our legacy forward. I used to go to the store after school ever since I was nine years old. We have emotional ties with the brand; will never think of changing the name no matter what,” he added.

In November 2020, Haji Saif Shaikh had sent a legal notice to the owner, saying that the word Karachi hurts the sentiments of ordinary Indians and the Indian Army because it is a Pakistani city.

The bakery should be renamed and the signboard should be in Marathi, he had demanded.

They did not use the name Karachi to hurt the feelings of Indians. In fact, bakery founder Khanchand Ramani had experienced violence by pro-Pakistan elements during Partition, it said.

Being a "victim of violence espoused by Pakistan", they can never make any statement or do anything that can hurt the feelings of fellow Indians, the bakery said.

In 2019, a similar incident took place in the bakery’s Hyderabad’s nodal store in 2019 when a few alleged BJP workers wanted the name to be changed to ‘Indian Karachi Bakery.’

Karachi Bakery, an indigenous brand from Hyderabad, was founded in 1953 by a Sindhi migrant Khanchand Ramnani, who migrated in 1947.

Over the past six decades, the brand has seen phenomenal growth operating over 20 stores across the country, covering four cities including Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru, apart from Hyderabad.

The vast business is now run by Khanchand Ramnani’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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