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Motital Nehru's Father Gangadhar ( Or Ghiyazuddin Ghazi ) ? Nehru Gandhi Dynasty Or Khan Ghazi Dynasty ?

The fact on the scion of the dynasty, namely Ganga Dhar, had been kept a secret from the Indian public, primarily, the Hindus. It is now quite clear, as you will soon see, that Ganga Dhar was an assumed name. The man we now know as the paternal grandfather of Jawahar Lal (son of Moti Lal) was in reality a sunni Mohammedan; in fact he was a Mogul nobleman. The important question is why did he then adopt a Hindu kafir's name? In this case a Kashmiri Brahmin's name? Jawahar Lal had referred to when he wrote in his autobigraphy that he had seen a picture of his grandfather Ganga Dhar which protrayed him as a Mogul nobleman. Krishna Hutheesing (Jawahar's second sister) had also mentioned in her memoirs, that their grandfather Ganga Dhar was the city Kotwal of Delhi (an important post) prior to 1857's uprising. Bahadur Shah Zafar was still the sultan of Delhi. It was extremely unlikely that he would hire a Hindu for that very important post.
3 years ago ( 2008-10-25 15:00:33 +0000 ) Report Abuse

Additional Details Apparently, some investigations had been made on this count (please see Mahdi Husain's Bahadur Shah II and the war of 1857 in Delhi - 1987 edition) but no one could discover Ganga Dhar's name as the Kotwal of Delhi. Well, how could they? Ganga Dhar's real name then was Ghiyasuddin Ghazi (or something like that) which had been quietly changed to his new Hindu name, just before the English forces entered the city. . The sultan had replaced the earlier Kotwal as well as the City Governor Mirza Maniruddin. The latter had been dismissed by Bahadur Shah Zafar on charges of spying for the English. The Naib Kotwal, a subordinate officer, was a Hindu; his name was Bhao Singh. And another Hindu, one Sri Kashinath was the thanedar of the Lahori Gate area of Delhi. Their names were found in the records but Ganga Dhar was missing. Be that as it may, the fact remains that Ganga Dhar indeed was the grandfather of Jawahar and Krishna Hutheesingh.
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Ganga Dhar's thick moustache extended beyond his ears. He used to wear a Mogul cap and had in his both hands a long sword. Does that look like a Kashmiri Brahmin? No, not at all! Ghiyasuddin Ghazi (the word means 'kafir-killer') looked exactly like a sunni Mogul. Don't they say: 'If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, well, then it IS a duck.' The same was the case with Ganga Dhar, the Kashmiri Brahmin alias Ghiyasuddin Ghazi the sunni Mogul. Only this vital information had been kept a secret from the Hindus of India, like so many other secrets of the family! The element of secrecy crept in when it became clear that the Nehrus' Mogul ancestry, if made known to India's Hindu public, might spell trouble for the forthcoming 'reign'. The 'Hindu by accident' got wise to the fact and acted as if he was indeed, son of a Kshmiri Brahmin, Moti Lal Nehru by name.
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The English were after each and every Mogul. They were shooting down all Mohammedans for fear of facing another claimant to the Delhi throne. Panic and fear ran like wildfire among the Moguls. There was nowhere to flee. The city had been surrounded by the 'firangi' forces and their allies, the Sikhs and the Gurkhas. It was then that the wily Mohammedans came up with the brilliant idea of name-changing. Ghiyasuddin became Ganga Dhar, almost like Yusuf Khan who had become Dilip Kumar, many years later. In the aftermath, many Mohammedans fled to nearby cities not yet fully under the control of the English. Agra was such a city. It still had considerable Mogul influence. And Jawahar's Mogul grandfather Ganga Dhar, with his entire family, left for Agra. How do we know that? Jawahar states in his own autobiography that on their way to Agra, the English troops detained Ganga Dhar's family.
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How do we know that? Jawahar states in his own autobiography that on their way to Agra, the English troops detained Ganga Dhar's family. Ganga Dhar told them that they were not Mohammedans but Kashmiri Hindus. Jawahar explains in his autobigraphy that the primary reason for the detention was their Mogul features. The Kashmiri Hindus looked very much like Mohammedans from Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan and so on. And behold the English let Ganga Dhar and his family go to Agra. The rest is history.
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You have given good reasons but think this.

A family doesn't live in isolation and even if Nehru wanted to hide it there will be many in the town who will reveal their identity. There is no good reason for them to hide identity at that time. The chief commanders of Aurangzeb and Akbar were Hindu Rajputs. Kotwal was not such a high rank.

3 years ago ( 2008-10-25 15:14:41 +0000 ) Report Abuse

67% 6 Votes Modern Education Review Search Yahoo! for secret of gandhi family SK, Flint, Mi If they didnt have Ganga Dhar name anywhere, do they have Ghiyassudin name as Kotwal of Delhi? If Muslim will apooint only Muslims to the Kotwalis post and then why it lists some Hindu names as Kotwals, a clear contradiction? Tracing such important person is not very hard. Rubbish article.

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This is the truth. He was a muslim Ghiyasuiddin Ghazi and escaped from Delhi to save himself from being arrested.He took a Hindu name 'Ganga Dhar' and reappeared in Agra. This is a well known fact.
3 years ago ( 2008-10-25 15:17:03 +0000 ) Report Abuse

22% 2 Votes Yogiraj Ramanandtirth See a famous person will have roots left open and people could always trace them. So if your story is true then it is equally possible for people to trace out Gangadhar or the Ghiya...din. So it may not be true. But there is another angle to nehru. Have you seen the very close resemblance of Nehru and Sheik Abdullah, the father of Farook Abdullah? One Rajaji said that there is Muslim blood in Nehru's family. Anyway it does not matter whether Nehru was a Muslim or Hindu and he has died some 40 years ago.
3 years ago ( 2008-10-25 15:31:37 +0000 ) Report Abuse

11% 1 Vote rajan l