Monday, March 23, 2009

Varuns outburst: Priyanka worried about Gandhi Family name

Today, Priyanka joined issues with Varun and castigated him for going against values of family.

Now I being not as enlightened as many of secular intellectuals am confused by these statements.  I am not sure which family she is referring to?. In Kerala where I come from, we follow Matrilineality in which lineage is traced through the mother and maternal ancestors

I am sure she may not be referring to her maternal family.  In that case Sonia's (her mother’s) father was a Fascist  sympathizer and was a great fan of Italy's war-time Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. He fought in the Russian campaign alongside the Germans and remained true to Fascist Nationalist ideology all his life. In fact, He even gave his three daughters Russian names in honor of the campaign in which he fought.

The picture is not that rosy even if we consider her fathers side. It was her father who justified slaughter of more than 3000 innocents sikhs by saying “ "When a giant tree falls, the earth below shakes". The butchers who led the pogrom still hold important position in congress.

Then comes the million dollar question how can granddaughter of Indira Priyadarshini Nehru and Feroze Khan become a “Gandhi”. Feroze Khan’s father, Nawab Khan, was a Muslim, and mother was a Persian Muslim.  Jawaharlal Nehru did not approve of the inter-caste marriage for political reasons. If Indira Nehru were to marry a Muslim she would have lost the possibility of becoming the heir to the future Nehru dynasty.  At this juncture, according to one story, Mahatma Gandhi intervened and adopted Feroze Khan, gave him his last name (family name/caste name) and got the name of Feroz Khan changed to Feroz Gandhi by an affidavit in England. Thus, Feroze Khan became Feroze Gandhi. Isn't it too much to cry for an adopted family name!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I guess that her family name was not affected when the congress party went on rampage in Delhi (and Kanpur) and killed almost 3000 Sikhs.

That is when I became a RSS fan. The RSS cadres in those cruel days were on the street fighting the congress mobs at great risk to their own lives, in order to protect Sikh lives. Khushwant Singh said later, and I am witness to this, that had the RSS cadres not fought this way, the Sikh casualties might have touched 10,000.

- Vikramjit Singh