WOW… This came out of nowhere!New England Brewing Company (NEBC), recently had a petition filed at the Nampally court in Hyderabad against their well know Double India Pale Ale called Gandhi-Bot. Advocate S. Janardhan Goud filed the petition and claims that using the name and picture of Mahatma Gandhi is condemnable and punishable according to Indian laws and amounts to an offence under the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, and Section 124-A of the Indian Penal Code. He added that it is an insult to Mahatma Gandhi.
Being a Ghandi-Bot fan myself. I always heard NEBC describe the beer as “an ideal aid for self-purification and the seeking of truth and love.” NEBC also came out with a statement saying “Gandhi’s granddaughter and grandson have seen the label and have expressed their admiration of the label.” I believe from knowing some of the guys that work at NEBC and just their fun nature of naming their beers that there was no malicious intent here at all. If anything it was an attempt to pay tribute to Gandhi himself.
NEBC came out with a formal apology to the people of India to express their reasoning for naming the beer check it out and let u know what you think. “We do apologize if the good people of India find our Gandhi-Bot label offensive. Our intent is not to offend anyone but rather pay homage and celebrate a great man who we respect greatly. We take great care in creating a product we hope will not be abused in the manner that Mahatma Gandhi spoke of when referencing alcohol.” – Matt Westfall