What’s in a name? A lot, claims Rajiv Gandhi (35) of Marayur in hilly Idukki district in Kerala, who shares his name with the previous primary minister.
Rajiv’s grandfather Megavarnan was an ardent supporter of the Congress celebration and named his new child grandson right after the stalwart in 1985. While he basked in the glory in school, Rajiv quickly started out going through troubles. His friends and other folks applied to bully him. He took it in his stride but experienced to usually clarify to people how he obtained the name.
Forward of the demise anniversary of previous PM Rajiv Gandhi on May perhaps 21, the man from Idukki claims Gandhi’s early death was a large loss to the region.
“I go through he was a great leader and begun laptop in the country. Unfortunate, the nation lost him at a youthful age,” he explained.
Nevertheless he’s now regarded by his 1st name, in all official documents he is even now Rajiv Gandhi. When the former PM was assassinated in 1991, he was six but however remembers that his grandfather and other individuals cried that working day.
Not excellent in his experiments, Rajiv started out doing farm work opportunities soon after Course 12. A fantastic farm hand, he generally goes to the Marayur forest nursery as a non permanent employee. The “name game” is practically nothing new in plantation areas of Idukki – just walk around he you can see numerous Gandhis, Nehrus, Napoleans and some others.
On the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Country Mahathma Gandhi previous 12 months, Idukki district Congress committee had organized a collecting of folks carrying the identify Gandhi. At least 100 ‘Gandhis’ had responded to the invitation and later on well known demand they also integrated Nehrus. As a result, hundreds of Gandhis and Nehrus rubbed shoulders on October 2 last calendar year and shared their experiences. The vice-president of the Kerala unit of Congress, A K Mani, reported lots of plantation workers still love to title their youngsters just after countrywide heroes.
Keralites’ enjoy for names of Russian leaders and other athletics legends are effectively identified. You can fulfill lots of Breshnev, Khrushchev, Lenin, Olga and Pushkin in the interiors. Just about every year, Russian cultural centre in Thiruvananthapuram organises a meet up with of these folks.
“Earlier, social gathering supporters were mad more than Communist legends. As the ideology declined the earth over this trend is also on the wane,” stated V Lenin, a teastall owner in Thiruvananthapuram. Agreed senior journalist M J Babu, hailing from hill spot Munnar. “Keralites are nostalgic about their excellent leaders. So many eponyms are nonetheless all-around,” he explained.
In north Kerala, where by people breathe soccer, numerous still really like to title the newborn after their soccer greats. At 1 level, spiritual leaders have been forced to issue a ‘fatwa’ in Malappuram to rein in nuts soccer followers. In Kozhikode, a Muslim League chief had named his daughter Brasilia, capital of Latin American country Brazil. Brasilia was councillor of the Kozhikode Company and is now supporting her businessman partner run an attire unit in the town.
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