Fact Check: Is it true that BJP chief Amit Shah’s name is of Persian origin as claimed by historian Irfan Habib?

When the Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath changed the names of few places, the pseudo liberal historians who distorted the Indian history through their textbook writings started to attack the BJP with their strange logics. It is equally important to note that these historians never spoke when the names of lakhs of Hindu heartland cities that were changed by Mogul invaders.

But now few of the historians have gone extra mile in attacking the BJP. Yes, a historian named Irfan Habib said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah’s name is of Persian origin and it should be renamed. The 87-year-old Aligarh Muslim University professor said “His surname ‘Shah’ is of Persian origin and not of Gujarati”.

Is it true? BJP chief Amit Shah’s name has a Persian background as claimed by Aligarh Muslim University professor Irfan Habib? When we carried out an investigation on this, we found out that Irfan Habib’s statement was false.

Yes, the surname name Shah is basically from India and represents various meanings. A report said Shah is an Indian surname. It is often attributed with the GUJARAT “Shah” meaning “MONK” which often used as last part of names in indian subcontinent. It may also have been derived from Sanskrit Sadhu”.

It added “The surname like many other Indian surnames has been adopted by various people. The Shah surname is commonly adopted by the trade communities (The Banias/Vanias) which include the Jains and the Vaishnavas. It is used in Gujarat, Rajasthan while The word Sahu is used in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar (see Sahu Jain) and was widely used by the Jains even in Delhi/Haryana (see Nattal Sahu), Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra”.

This has proved that the historian Irfan Habib not just spread misinformation about Amit Shah’s surname but also provided a fake issue for the Congress and allies to target the BJP. This claim of Irfan Habib is like Rahul Gandhi calling PM Modi corrupt because the fugitive Nirav Modi shares the same surname.

Hansika Raj