Was Indira Gandhi’s husband Feroze Gandhi a Muslim? Read Fact-Check
Feroze Gandhi, the husband of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, keeps making rounds of social media, most often as being portrayed to be a Muslim, who allegedly disguised under the Gandhi surname. These claims are not made by just normal social media users, but by someone like Pushpendra Kulshrestha, who is seen quite active as a speaker on social media and believed to be influencing perceptions of a section of youth.
A user named Pushpendra Kulshreshtha tweeted, “After marrying a Muslim, Kareena Kapoor’s children were born Muslim.. So how did Indira Gandhi’s children become Brahmins by marrying Feroz Khan?? Archive Link
Similarly, many other users have also claimed the same.
At the same time, on Facebook, the staunch Hindu Mahakal has raised questions about Indira Gandhi’s children being Brahmins by posting the same.
Amit Handa has made this claim by writing a long post. He also wrote, “There was no Nehru before Nehru and no Nehru after Nehru !! But no matter who the women of the Nehru dynasty marry, they give birth to “Gandhi”.
There are a large number of users on social media who have made similar claims to this.
To investigate Feroze Gandhi’s claim of being a Muslim, we did a simple search on Google with the help of some special keywords. During this time we received many reports published by many media houses.
According to wikipedia page, Indira Gandhi’s husband’s full name was Feroze Jehangir Gandhi, he was born in a Parsi family in Mumbai. His father’s name was Jahangir and mother’s name was Ratimai. Freedom fighter Feroze Gandhi was a politician and journalist of India.
According to the report of Dainik Bhaskar, Gandhiji gave Feroz the surname ‘Gandhi’.
After marrying Feroze Gandhi, Indira also started using the surname ‘Gandhi’.
According to the bbc Hindi report, once in Allahabad, Indira Gandhi’s mother Kamla Nehru was protesting against the British government and suddenly her health deteriorated. Feroze Gandhi was watching all this sitting on the wall of the college. He was immediately handled, at that time Feroze Gandhi had taken great care of him. Feroze often visited Kamla Nehru’s house to know her well-being. In this way, Feroze and Indira came close to each other.
In 1934-35, Indira entered Shantiniketan. It was Rabindranath Tagore who named her “Priyadarshini”. Then she went to England for higher education. Here Feroz Gandhi was studying at the London School of Economics. During this time he often met Feroze Gandhi.
Jawaharlal Nehru was not ready to marry Indira Gandhi to Feroze Gandhi, but after Gandhiji’s intervention, both of them got married in Allahabad. After marriage, there were a lot of fights between the two.
Feroze Gandhi was associated with newspapers report like National Herald and Navjivan, Jansatta reported. When Feroze Gandhi came into politics, he won the first general election from Rae Bareli seat of UP in the year 1952. Then he was elected from this seat several times.
He exposed the truth beihind of LIC-Mundra scam in 1956 despite being an MP from the ruling party. This issue was raised so loudly that the then Finance Minister had to resign and the then PM was his father-in-law Nehru.
According to another BBC report, Feroze Gandhi was a big supporter of freedom of expression. At that time, anything could be said inside Parliament, but if a journalist said or wrote something about it, he could be punished for it. To end this difficulty, Feroze introduced a private bill. This bill became a law during the janata government, which is known as Feroze Gandhi Press Law.
It is said that the current Press Club India was once feroze Gandhi’s residence.
It is clear from this fact of DFRAC that Feroz Gandhi, not a Muslim, was a Parsi, so the claim being made by social media users is fake and misleading.
Claim: Feroze Gandhi was a Muslim (Feroz Khan).
Claimed by: Pushpendra Kulshreshtha and other social media users
Fact check: Fake