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Kareena Kapoor Trolled For Naming Her Son Jehangir, Can We Please Leave Them Alone?

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Kareena Kapoor Jehangir: Actor duo Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan became parents to another baby boy in February this year. It was earlier revealed that the couple has named him Jeh. However, in her latest book on Pregnancy, Kapoor Khan hinted his original name to be Jehangir. In 2016, when the actors named their firstborn Taimur, they faced immense backlash.

People believed that they named him after the merciless Turkish invader Timur. They have now targeted the newborn child and are trolling his parents for naming him after an erstwhile Mughal king. Why do we have to give our unsolicited opinion on what the celebrity couple choose to name their children?

Kareena Kapoor children trolled

This is what Twitter had to say on Taimur’s birth:

And here’s what the microblogging site says on the birth of Kareena Kapoor Khan’s second child:

Kareena Kapoor children: What do their names mean?

Jehangir is a Persian word that means ‘one who conquers the world’. Even if the name coincides with that of an emperor’s, that the netizens don’t approve of, do they have any authority to pass any remark in this matter? What a couple would like their children to be identified as does not seek the approval of people on the internet. Going by the meaning of the name, there’s no negativity attached to it. Rather, it symbolises leadership and power, none of which are negative personality traits. Trolling the couple and their child is certainly not justified.

‘Taimur’ is an ancient Persian name that means ‘iron’. Since the name sounded ‘beautiful and strong’, the couple finalised it. Saif Ali Khan confirmed that ‘Taimur’ was not the same as ‘Timur’. Following the severe controversy surrounding the name, he even considered renaming his child. Why should a father have to give justifications regarding the choice of name for his child? A celebrity’s fame does not give us the right to invade their privacy and raise a finger at their personal decision.

Swara Bhasker supports Kareena Kapoor

While Kareena Kapoor Khan and her husband are dealing with trolls, actor Swara Bhasker has risen in her colleague’s  support. Slamming the haters, she wrote on Twitter, “A couple has named its children and you are not that couple. However, you have opinions about the names…what they are and why so! In your mind, this is an issue and it has hurt your feelings. This makes you one of the world’s biggest donkeys.” She also used the hashtags ‘Jehangir’ and ‘Mind your own business’.

Though we cannot be sure if the trolls will, Bhasker deserves to be applauded for taking a stand for her Veere Di Wedding co-star. At a time when the commoners are calling out the couple for apparently “naming their child after a brutal king” and “setting up a Mughal dynasty,” Bhasker proved she had her colleagues back. Is it acceptable to frame an opinion without sufficient knowledge or information, particularly when it concerns the name of a child his parents chose for him?

The views expressed are the author’s own.