by Ravi Verma, Tue Mar 24, 2009 at 02:30:06 PM EDT
I would like to highlight the curious case of Mr Varun Gandhi because it offers an interesting insight into some of the most fascinating episodes of history.
First, a background.
Varun Gandhi is a politician belonging to the right wing BJP party in India. He is the son of Maneka Gandhi, who is a Sikh and Sanjay Gandhi. Sanjay Gandhi was the son of Indira Gandhi (former prime minister of India) and Feroze Gandhi, who was a "Parsee" (a Zoroastrian). Indira Gandhi was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru and Vijaylaxmi Pandit, who were "Kashmiri Brahmins" (Hindus).
That would make Varun Gandhi 25% Hindu, 50% Sikh and 25% Parsee... at least by birth. If I am going on and on about Varun Gandhi's religious genealogy, then there is a point to it. Varun Gandhi can, of course, reject his religious genealogy and practice any religion he chooses. That is a fundamental right we all possess, but rarely excerise.