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Is it true that Ghiyasuddin Ghazi was the grandfather of Jawaharlal Nehru? Here’s the reality check

The roots of the Gandhi family originate with Ghiyasuddin Ghazi, continue with affairs and disguise. Yet the dynasty blames the rest...

It isn’t a new thing at all to be hearing things like how the Gandhi family has lived incognito for decades now. The list of claims regarding the true identity of the Congress leading dynasty goes on forever, with each point denoting something new and surprising. While a number of controversies have conveyed that Indira Gandhi had converted herself to Islam and married Feroz Khan, some others state that Feroz Khan himself took up a Gandhi name and took the legacy forward.

There are unending claims that question the true identity of the Gandhi family that projects itself to be Hindu, but not anyone has an accurate answer for any of the claims – not even the Gandhi family itself. The dynasty that leaves no stone unturned in pelting blames at a performing Prime Minister of the country and his party; actually stands in deep marsh itself, and has never even made an attempt to rise out of it. Here, we have yet another grand old tale about the incognito family that is supported by a number of evidences; that poses a strong challenge for the distorted etymology of the Gandhi family.

The Gandhi family, whose origin is considered to be Motilal Nehru, actually has a swarm of controversies around his identity. It is in fact, very authoritatively claimed that Motilal Nehru’s father or Jawaharlal Nehru’s grandfather was actually an Islamic refugee belonging to the Mughal dynasty. His name was Ghiyasuddin Ghazi, and he was a ‘Kotwal’ (a position equivalent to that of a police inspector) under the Mughal rule before the 1857 revolts.

However, when the revolt of 1857 took place and the East India Company started taking control of all over India, all remaining Mughals were being slaughtered by the British so that their claim for the throne of the country shall never have a competitor. Fearing a ruthless end in the hands of the British, Ghiyasuddin Ghazi disguised himself as Gangadhar Nehru and fled. The surname ‘Nehru’ that he adopted is found nowhere else in the world, and definitely not within Brahmins. It comes from a word called ‘Nehr’, a place near the Red Fort in Delhi, where Ghiyasuddin Ghazi settled down in disguise. Then continued his entire family, which carried the name forward and called itself Brahmin.

This theory is supported by a handful of facts available from documented history. Firstly, it was Jawaharlal Nehru’s second sister, Krishna Hutheesing, who affirmed that their grandfather used to be a Kotwal during his times. It was the time when Bahadur Shah Zafar ruled the Sultanate of Delhi. From the Mughal history, it is clear that no Hindus were employed to that position, let alone a Brahmin. Only Islamic members were recruited to the position of what can be called a police officer of those times. So it is evidence enough that their grandfather was a Muslim man who then disguised himself as a Brahmin for whatever reasons.

Also, Jawaharlal Nehru himself makes references of his grandfather in his autobiography, in ways that reveal his Islamic identity. Not only does Jawaharlal Nehru state that his grandfather had core Islamic features, he also mentions how ‘Gangadhar Nehru’ and his associates were once retained by the British for being Mughals. Well, we cannot ask for better proof.

Adding to the controversy was a recent issue that took place through a Wikipedia edit, which tried to cover up the identity claims of Jawaharlal Nehru and his family. The edit was surprisingly tracked down to a government IP address, which was immediately changed back. However, this event only indicates that the projected idea of the Gandhi and Nehru families have something fishy within, that the common people are kept in darkness from.
The list of accusations around Jawaharlal Nehru himself is seemingly endless as well.

Not only is he openly called an anti-national leader who caused the split between India and Pakistan and the death of a number of radical freedom fighters; he is also shamed as one of the most reckless personalities of his time. His affairs with prominent women of his times, his inconsiderate means of snatching away the Prime Minister position from deserving candidates and his anti-national ‘progressive’ moves are condemned till date by experts and common people alike.

We still comprehend and regard the fact that a man’s deeds are not evaluated by what his grandfather’s real name was. Jawaharlal Nehru is evaluated for what he was. Regardless, it is just plain yet essential piece of information that the very roots of this family lie within great lies. A dynasty that has lived by the virtue of disguise does not deserve to rule the country.


Trisha Jay

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