A day after Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan announced that they were blessed with a baby boy who they have named Taimur Ali Khan, leaders of Hindu Mahasabha asked the Bollywood actress not to name the infant after “the foreign conqueror who plundered Delhi”.
Munna Kumar Sharma, Mahasabha’s national general secretary, said the invader was an enemy of Hindus who desecrated temples and insulted women. “We are all happy that the couple has been blessed with the boy. But naming him after somebody who left behind a massive trail of destruction in our country is not the best thing to do,” Sharma said.
The 14th century Turco-Mongol conqueror who founded the Timurid Empire in Persia and Central Asia invaded India in 1398. After the then Tughluq king Sultan Nasir-ud-Din Mahmud Shah Tughluq fled the battlefield on December 17, 1398, Delhi was plundered by Timur’s forces for many days. According to historians, he ordered 1 lakh captives to be executed just before the battle for Delhi and the city “reeked of corpses” for days after its fall.