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What’s wrong with Tai-mooooor?

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Mumbai: Actors Saif Ali Kjhan and Kareena Kapoor with their newly born baby boy Taimur at their residence in Mumbai on Dec 22, 2016. (Photo: IANS)
Mumbai: Actors Saif Ali Kjhan and Kareena Kapoor with their newly born baby boy Taimur at their residence in Mumbai on Dec 22, 2016. (Photo: IANS)

Taimur is not terrible, the ones complaining are. India’s list of 21st century criminals include Dawood, Parminder, Tulsiram, Rajan and Laxman, Mohan — just to name a few random ones. Should the hundreds of thousands of people with these names be given a hard time? …Bikram Vohra comments on Saif Ali Khan-Kareena Kapoor baby name row

Mumbai: Actors Saif Ali Kjhan and Kareena Kapoor with their newly born baby boy Taimur at their residence in Mumbai on Dec 22, 2016. (Photo: IANS)
Mumbai: Actors Saif Ali Kjhan and Kareena Kapoor with their newly born baby boy Taimur at their residence in Mumbai on Dec 22, 2016. (Photo: IANS)

Islamophobia is thinking that anyone with a beard is going to hijack your plane. Islamophobia is travelling to the west, and the computer circling parts of your name — like Vikram becoming ‘Ikram’ or Gitanjali becoming ‘Ali’ — and then being taken in for another interrogation. Islamophobia is Donald Trump keeping out people belonging to a religion from the US.

It is not naming your baby Taimur because suddenly someone has figured out that Taimur was an invader — and gee! we cannot have that sort of insensitive naming of some film star couple’s baby. Because don’t you know, it is a huge sociological issue and would tear down the portals of our faith?
Ambassadors being assassinated, people being massacred in Aleppo, boat people drowning, trucks mowing down innocents in terror attacks, our own borders scarred by incursions — but the big story is Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor insulting our feelings by naming their kid Taimur.
Get over it.
Mumbai: Actress Kareena Kapoor displays the creation of fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee during the Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016, in Mumbai on Aug 28, 2016. (Photo: IANS)
Mumbai: Actress Kareena Kapoor displays the creation of fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee during the Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016, in Mumbai on Aug 28, 2016. (Photo: IANS)

Half of India (if not more) has no clue who Taimur is. After some RSS folks made it an issue, people must have Googled the name to figure out what the hell it was all about. Even the newly minted parents probably hadn’t figured it out. Probably just liked the sound of the name. “Okay, Tai-mooooor, fine, let’s call the baby that.”

Besides it being none of our business (any which way you hack it) and instead of wishing the couple all the best and asking after the baby and sort of saying “Congratulations, hope mother and baby are doing well”, we are robbing them of the sheer joy of having given a safe birth.
Come on, this is infantile conduct. Ivan the Terrible didn’t stop Lendl’s family from saying, “Oh we cannot call our to-be-tennis genius by this name”. Jack the Ripper, Jack Ruby and there about a million Jacks in the world.
A couple called their child Adolf Hitler in 2015. Another named his baby Cannon. Two babies in Harlem were called Winner and Loser; one became a criminal, the other a cop. Lucifer, another name for Satan, is common in the US. Here at home in Tamil Nadu, nobody asked Karunanidhi why he named his son Stalin.
Ask yourselves, are we really so bereft of something valuable to do with our day that we would whip up a storm about a couple having a name for their baby that is utterly and totally irrelevant to this time and age.
Taimur doesn’t even ring a bell. If this is the yardstick, we should ban Akbar, Aurangzeb, Winston (Churchill never forgave Mountbatten for losing India the Empire; now that was the enemy personified, making Taimur seem tame), Nathu, Charlie (remember Manson?), Ravan (unless you spell it Ra-One).

India’s list of 21st century criminals include Dawood, Parminder, Tulsiram, Rajan and Laxman, Mohan — just to name a few random ones. Should the hundreds of thousands of people with these names be given a hard time?

If our sensitivities are so sensitive that naming a newborn baby is seen as a deliberate effort to hurt feelings, then we are really in bad shape.

Leave it alone and have the maturity to just wish them all well and get on with our lives.

As if a little baby called Taimur would collapse Indian culture, Indian heritage and Indian tradition.

What has gone wrong with us?

1 COMMENT

  1. You are absolutely right and being sensible among nonsense mindsets. When a baby is born to a parents it gives you immense pressure,inspire many things within you. In fact it may change the way in which you look at life. So he/she is closest your heart it makes sense to call your baby with name which sounds closest to your heart. It is applicable not just for an individual mind but in the case of the total mind too. You understand what I mean?. As you have an individuall consciousness nation has a collective consciousness. Just like you have collective memory of your own life nation too have a collective memory of its own past. This nation was brutality invaded by some f****s like Taimore once. Killed lakhs raped millions , stained our history with the blood of innocents. So that name wells up terrible memories in the consciousness of generations. A name, a symbol, a sound can do wonders in a human mind with awareness. What is legally right may not be absolute righteousness.

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