This bakery is part of a well-known chain based in Hyderabad, run by Sindhi migrants from Karachi in Pakistan.
After massive protests at Karachi Bakery on behalf of #Karachi led by the Vice President of MNS – @mnshajisaif karachi… https://t.co/siEjUm4xdR
– Haji Saif Shaikh (@mnshajisaif) 1614598698000
In November 2020, Haji Saif Shaikh, vice president of MNS, had caused quite a stir outside the venue urging Sindhi shop owners to change the name, which they felt was “anti-national” and “unpatriotic”.
On Wednesday, Shaikh posted a winning tweet saying, “After massive protests at Karachi Bakery on behalf of #Karachi led by the Vice President of MNS, the karachi bakery has finally closed its only store in Mumbai.”
However, the bakery manager, Rameshwar Waghmare, said the closure was not triggered by the name change controversy.
“We closed shop after the old lease agreement ended. Our landlords are demanding a higher amount because the rent is not feasible for us,” he said.
He added, “The Covid-19 lockdown has caused business volumes to fall. We did postpone the closure for several months but finally decided to close.”
An ice cream shop has opened instead.
This historic confectionery has branches in several cities around the country owned by the Hindu Sindhi Ramnani family, who migrated to India after Partition.
Waghmare said it was they who would decide what to do next, whether to lease the new space or let the brand expire in Mumbai.
He said, “There is no reason to give up changing our name. The bakery is a legitimate business with all the legal permits and approvals granted by government authorities. Our decisions are based on the business factor. Let other people take credit for it if they want. ”
Waghmare and some of the employees who are now unemployed are Maharashtrians, some are South Indian.
Some left during lockout.
The Shaykh told TOI, “I didn’t ask the Karachi Bakeries to close the business. But our soldiers were killed at the border. Every day we received news about clashes with Pakistan. So I gave the owner a 15 day ultimatum to change his name, or spelling. I said spelled it Karachee. They replied by saying that the name reflects their old ties to their hometown. So I feel that 70 years after Partition their hearts are still beating for Pakistan. Today I am happy. ”