The Indian Jaico Publishing House told The Telegraph that it reprints a new edition of the book at least twice a year to meet growing demand. In the words of R H Sharma, Jaico’s chief editor:
‘We were the first company to publish the book in India and there are now six
other Indian publishers of the book, although we were first to take a chance on
it […] The initial print run of 2,000 copies in 2003 sold out immediately and we
knew we had a best-seller on our hands. Since then the numbers have increased
every year to around 15,000 copies until last year when we sold 10,000 copies
over a six-month period in our Delhi shops’.
According to academics in India, India and Hitler’s Nazis exerted mutual influence over one another. Mahatma Gandhi corresponded with the Fuhrer, pro-independence leader Subhas Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army allied with Hitler’s Germany and Japan during the Second World War and the Nazis drew on Hindu symbolism for their Swastika motif.
India is moreover not the only country where Mein Kampf is popular. In Turkey it sold 100,000 copies in just two months in 2005 and in Russia it has been reprinted three times since the de facto ban on the book was overturned in 1992.