Do you know that Indira Gandhi should have actually been Indira Ghaddiwala?

@amirev777 (3936)
India
April 27, 2009 2:14am CST
Hi we all know that Indira Gandhi married Feroz Gandhi-but his true name was Feroz Ghaddiwala-he was a Parsi.Indira Gandhi met him on their way back from London on a steamer and fell in love.Those dayz sea journeys used to be more than month long.She also got pregnant on the same voyage and there was no alternative but to marry Feroz.But Jawaharlal Nehru was furious and was dead against marrying Indira to Feroz coz he was a parsi.It was mahatma gandhi who then intervened and adopted Feroz and thats how he got the surname of Gandhi.
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• India
27 Apr 09
Yes, just goes to show how secular Nehru himself was as regards to his daughter! And what a family…whereas everywhere in India you turn your head you will find something on Jawaharlal Nehru, his daughter Indira, her son Rajiv and maybe Rahul in future…but they have so convincingly managed to obliterate Feroze Gandhi from the nation’s awareness that he even existed. I think this family really crossed the limit of self-conceit.
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@amirev777 (3936)
• India
27 Apr 09
hi yeah u r right that Gandhi family is not like what it is projected out to be-certainly not when it comes out to moral values.Indira gandhi certainly was not someone whom u can call epitome of morality.i agree with sudipta that thier family crossed the limit of self-conceit.
• India
28 Apr 09
But I have great respect for Sonia Gandhi...what a woman and to think she is a foreigner with different upbringing!
@vipinl (802)
• India
28 Apr 09
Then which family are you referring to " I think this family crossed all the limits". Sonia Gandhi is the Indian who refused to take Indian citizenship for 15 years after her marriage.
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@krajibg (11934)
• Guwahati, India
27 Apr 09
Hi, This is a news for me as I did not know this fact. But still the surname that Indira had is legit and there should not be any debate on this. If Feroz was adopted son of Mahatma Gandhi, naturally he would take up his gather;s surname and hence there is logic in Indira's writing her surname after her husband's surname. Now she is Indira Gandhi and would remain so.
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• India
27 Apr 09
He was not Gandhiji’s adopted son by mutual choice…Gandhiji merely offered his surname to him so that Jawarharlal Nehru could be spared the shame and agree to his daughter’s marriage to a Parsi. And post-Independence, the family spared no trouble to obliterate him from public memory.
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@krajibg (11934)
• Guwahati, India
27 Apr 09
Oh! I did not know about that. Now I will look for some sources.
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@loudcry (1044)
• India
27 Apr 09
Hmmm, hadn't heard about this earlier. Will have to check.
• India
30 Apr 09
Well, this is really some news from the past. 'Getting pregnant on the same voyage' - she was woman after all.
@amirev777 (3936)
• India
30 Apr 09
hi yes there are some amazings news from the past-the skeletons usually locked in the cupboards-once the lock is broken and the cupboard is opened-all these skeletons tumble out-if you go thru this discussions in details-u will b amazed to find many more amazing things frm past.
• India
8 Jun 09
da ppl vre all giving in our nation to..rahul n priyanka...well were initialli named RAUL and BEYANKA...! n these r the ppl v r looking up to now..imagine how pathetic our condition is..
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@amirev777 (3936)
• India
9 Jun 09
hi misi thanx for the extra bit of information. i think the greatnessof nehru-gandhi family has been blown out of proportion in a predominantly illiterate India.
• India
27 Apr 09
hmm some great piece of news.make sure the BJP wont get this news orelse they would start something like is indira gandhi have any moral sleeping with a guy she barely knew a month and getting pregnant hopefully no one will tarnish her name or character besides me.
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@amirev777 (3936)
• India
27 Apr 09
hi yeah even i was really surprised to hear that-but if that is true the entire nation needs to know abot it-she is worshipped by many as perhaps the best PM we ever had-but this shud expose the "other" side of her.but there are talks about her exta-marital affairs et all-but i dunno how far they are true.
• India
28 Apr 09
i think BJP should be concentrating more on issues of the present and future, rather than How Indira Gandhi lived and other things of the distant past. SO I don think they will make a big issues of issues like these. And the day opposition party is fighting elections on issues like this, India would have have had a great government, which sadly will never happen!
• India
29 Apr 09
thats the sorry story. they say we can change things by our votes but whats the use of vote when the option is to choose between a 65% criminal or 64% criminal call it democracy but politics in india wil never change whether we vote or not
@John4Christ (1598)
• India
27 Apr 09
Well that is something which i had never heard about.....no history textbook that i ever read in school talks about feroz as far as i remember.....that is certainly and great piece of information....thank you for sharing it here.....
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@amirev777 (3936)
• India
27 Apr 09
hi john yeah u r right-no history books will ever mention that-how can u expect that in a nation which has been ruled for 60 years by congress.Nehru,Indira and the congress party did its best to make the nation forget about feroze gandhi altogether.
• India
28 Apr 09
John there is one saying about history which I remember "History is what winners and people in power write" Given that the congress was in power for 60 odd years, they had re-written every piece of history showin them and their leader in great light. Highlightin and givin info about Feroz would mean a blotch on the Nehru family and hence it was conviniently forgotten!
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@amirev777 (3936)
• India
28 Apr 09
hi yeah i fully agree with u tamil dude-history is alwayz written by people in power and can alwayz be amended and re-written.
@vipinl (802)
• India
27 Apr 09
I knew about that Indra Gandhi or her husband had any direct relationship with Mahatma Gandhi, but not about this whole story of cruise. This really resembles with the story of Titanic.. the only difference being this one ended well..lol. Any one really cant imagine she was that romantic a person in early age.. after seeing what image she had of late.
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@vipinl (802)
• India
27 Apr 09
Its an important part...
@vipinl (802)
• India
27 Apr 09
But ya this is not the thread to discuss all this, sorry for going bit off point.. Coming to the discussion for that matter i don't think there was anything wrong with all that. Every one has a personal life other that public.. so no point in getting into all this.
@comfort55 (1574)
• India
28 Apr 09
Hi Amirev, this is absolutely new information which I never heard over all these years. Anyway, she was also a human being so we can't blame her for her vulnerability. Ironically, her father, Jawaharlal Nehru's affairs with various women, most talked about with Lady Mountbatten, are projrcted till date.
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@amirev777 (3936)
• India
28 Apr 09
hi yeah sometimes even knack for extra marital sffairs runs in ur genes i guess-in this case it got transmitted from father to her daughter.
@bunnybon7 (43538)
• Holiday, Florida
28 Apr 09
oh this is why i love mylot so much. we get to find out about all these other cultures an d history/ thank you for this insite. its wonderful.
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@amirev777 (3936)
• India
28 Apr 09
hi bunnybon u r right-thats the beauty of mylot-u get to know so much abt different cultures.but before starting this discussion-i hadn't even imagined it wud be so much engaging with so many replies and cross replies coming up.
@mimiang (3769)
• Philippines
27 Apr 09
That is an amazing trivia
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@amirev777 (3936)
• India
27 Apr 09
hi yeah i know its quite amazing to hear such facts/rumours about some famous personalities-it is also sometimes quite interesting-so may say no usedigging past graves-some may say we must not peep into someone's private life-but these type of things just go to prove that a person no matter how fmous he/she is-will always remain human-vulnerable.