The South Asian Times

18 September 2019 01:26 AM

Restaurateur in Philippines names beers after Articles 370 and 35A

Angeles City: The abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution was greeted by some with celebration and an NRI living in Angeles City, Philippines, too wanted to join in the jubilation.

Mike Devnani, an Indian restaurant owner in Angeles City, celebrated abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A, with two new beers, literally. He has decided to put on the menu and serve custom-brewed craft beers named after the two abrogated Articles.

Devnani’s restaurant, ‘Mother India’ is a destination for all Indians who come to Angeles City, which is adjacent to the famous Clark U.S. Military Base, and beer is their preferred beverage.

“I am not naming the beers after Articles 370 and 35A to trigger of controversy, but to encourage conversation,” says Devnani.

Devnani, 61, left Lucknow in his late teens over four decades ago to work as a garment salesperson in the Philippines. After making some money in the business he started the restaurant less than a decade ago right in the heart of the city’s entertainment district. ‘Mother India’ is surrounded by night clubs, and is open round the clock. It is the last refuge for the thousands of Indians who visit the city from all over the world.

A wide selection of Indian cinema posters and portraits — mostly black and white — of world leaders and cine stars cover the walls of the restaurant that also has a Facebook Page.

Devnani still retains his Indian passport though he does not visit India too often. “All my relatives have moved out and there is no one to meet there,” he said. (

Update: 08 Sep, 2019