Meet the not-so-famous Gandhi family
The Nehru-Gandhi name has quite a cachet in politics but so does it in a Goan household. For almost 50 years, a family in St Cruz on the outskirts of Panaji has named its members after India’s most famous political family. It’s a tradition that was passed on for three generations till the ‘Nehru-Gandhis’, who have since migrated to the UK on Portuguese passports, ran out of inspiration.
It all started 48 years ago when Mariquin Sequeira gave birth to twins. Her husband, Felix John Sequeira, was a die-hard Congress supporter and had a friend who was affectionately called Nehru. So, while the family wanted to name the twins Anthony and Alvarinho, they honoured Felix’s wish by using Nehru and Gandhi as their middle names.
这一切始于48年前，当时Mariquin Sequeira生下一对双胞胎。她的丈夫菲利克斯·约翰·塞凯拉(Felix John Sequeira)是国大党的铁杆支持者，曾有个朋友叫尼赫鲁。尽管他们想给双胞胎取名安东尼和阿尔瓦里尼奥，但为了满足菲利克斯的愿望，他们以尼赫鲁和甘地作为这对双胞胎的中间名。
Nehru, named after India’s first Prime Minister, continued the tradition when he named his son Rahul, while Gandhi— the other twin—followed suit by naming his son Rajiv and daughter Indira. That’s not all. Libania, their sister, married die-hard Congress supporter Socorro, and when they had their first child, they combined words from their names to name their daughter Sonia.
“’So’ is for the first two letters of my name, while ‘Nia’ are the last three letters of my wife’s name. Combined, we had Sonia,” explained Libania. Priyanka was the “most obvious” choice for their second daughter, Priyanka.
But that’s when the tradition hit a roadblock. “We didn’t find any other worthy name from the Nehru-Gandhi family. Who could we have named the kids after?” asked Socorro Fernandes, Priyanka and Sonia’s father.
When Priyanka gave birth to a baby girl two years ago, the family did mull over Maneka but that didn’t find favour with Socorro. “Maneka is from BJP. That wouldn’t be acceptable. If it was a son, Varun is another name that could have been considered, but he is from BJP too. I remember the name of Sanjay cropping up (earlier) but he was too controversial, making news for all the wrong reasons,” said Socorro.
Sonia ended up naming her daughter Snaion, while Priyanka chose Ziah—which means the first rays of the sun—when she gave birth to a baby girl last year.
“Everywhere we are identified as supporters of the Congress. BJP guys don’t even visit us while campaigning, and sometimes pamphlets are just scattered outside our doorstep,” said Nehru, who is now employed with a manufacturing unit in London.
Chokidar - 7 hours ago -Follow
Waste of time to read such "no value" news.
Not worth publishing such information.
Kumar Bakshi - 7 hours ago -Follow
Wow just wasted my precious two minutes on this wastage of news ..what happend TOIZ u r not getting any scam reports or any better news ?
Amol - 7 hours ago -Follow
Idiots. They have no right to impose any ideology on their kids. It will be unnecessary expenses to their kida when they grow up to change the names.
Vipul Vajpayee - 6 hours ago -Follow
What is waste of time , writer need to be sacked
Shahnaz Pardeshi - 7 hours ago -Follow
when you become die hard FOR A POLITICAL PARTY YOU END UP IN BLINDNESS AND MESS.
Ravi Anghan - 6 hours ago -Follow
I would pray that his son Rahul don’t be disastrous and unmature like Rahul Gandhi.
Manas Sarkar - 5 hours ago -Follow
If you search, can find many such Gandhi family, as Nehru was a Rangila man...
Sandeep - Mumbai - 5 hours ago -Follow
Wow what an assssslicking article!
Samuel - 5 hours ago -Follow
zero value news of sycophant
Anitha - 5 hours ago -Follow
Dinesh - 4 hours ago -Follow
Such news are not news .
Kannan - 6 hours ago -Follow
Sooraj - 4 hours ago -Follow
That''s typical Goan & Kerala converts always side with anti Hindu party the Scamgrass.
Sandeep - Mumbai - 5 hours ago -Follow
I have a question. Did this family ended up with any scams or frauds..Just like Gandhi Nehru family is famous for?
Santimay Basu - New Delhi - 6 hours ago -Follow
Wastage of time to read such useless article. I do not know whether this media house has no other news to publish.
Jayaram - 8 hours ago -Follow
No doubt Nehru was a popular leader at his time and resulted in Congress coming to power time and again. The decline in his popularity slid only after the bluffs he made were uncovered.
Dave Patel - 3 hours ago -Follow
RaGa ka naam jis bachhe ko dega wo bechara to faltu mai hi thuk jayega! Hats off to this family and it’s tradition.
Shekar Natesh - Bangalore - 8 hours ago -Follow