Saif Ali Khan and Kareena slammed for naming baby ‘Taimur’


Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor were blessed with a baby boy on Tuesday morning. The proud parents named him Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi. ‘Taimur’ is an Arabic term which means ‘iron’ and signifies strength.

While Bollywood fraternity and the star couple’s fans welcomed the news of the new-born and congratulated new mommy Kareena and Saif, a section of social media took a dislike for the name Taimur for the youngest member of the Pataudi family.

Social media users compared the baby’s name to the invader Timur, founder of Timurid Empire and forefather of Mughal founder Babur, which ruled the Indian subcontinent for over three centuries. Timur was regarded as the most powerful ruler in the Muslim world during his time.

Writer and political activist Tarek Fatah posted wrote on Facebbok, “I am astounded. How on earth would any Indian name their son 'Timur' or 'Taimur', the man who committed a genocide of Hindus and Muslims of India, who built pyramids of human skulls across India. And this is the supposed 'Muslim royalty' of Hindustan? For Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor to name their son 'Taimur' is evidence of utter ignorance or an arrogant embrace of the crimes committed by those who invaded and plundered Hindustan. What a fall, from Tagore to Timur.”

Saif-Kareena’s son also trended on Twitter soon after the new-born’s name was announced. Twiterratis lambasted and trolled the ‘Tashan’ couple for choosing such a name and compared it to Osama Bin Laden and Pakistani missile etc.

Sample some of the tweets here:

·         Naming ur kid in India as Taimur Ali Khan is almost like naming ur kid in US as OsamaBinLaden, both r infamous mass murderers. Secularism?

·         So Saif Ali Khan's son and a Pakistani missile have the same name: Taimur. Both inspired by a mass-murderer who slaughtered Hindus.

·         Saif Ali khan and Kareena Kapoor khan naming their child Taimur is equivalent to European naming their children Hitler..LOL.. #TaimurAliKhan

·         Saif Ali khan and Kareena Kapoor khan naming their child Taimur is equivalent to European naming their children Hitler..LOL.. #TaimurAliKhan

·         Saif Ali Khan & Kareena decided to name their baby Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi. After the most bloodthirsty ruthless invader of all times. SMH.

·         #SaifAliKhan named their son as Taimur Ali Khan, a past cruel ruler. Then why not just "Allahu Akbar" if scaring people was the motive?

·         Taimur Ali Khan ? Guess Aurangzeb or Khalil Sultan was already taken..?

·         Seriously ???#KareenaKapoor named her child Taimur Ali Khan after a plunderer Taimur The Lame who killed 17 million ppl in central Asia

·         A mass murderer , worst Mughal king, #taimuralikhan very strange for Saif ali Khan to keep for his son, no respect for india and Indians