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‘Nanha Jihaadi’: People Trolling Taimur For Showing A Toy Gun To Paps Is Ridiculous

Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan became proud parents to a baby boy named Taimur Ali Khan on December 20, 2016. 

They had expressed happiness over an official statement announcing the birth of their son. “We are very pleased to share with you all the wonderful news about the birth of our son: Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi, on the 20th of December 2016. We would like to thank the media for the understanding and support they have given us over the last 9 months, and of course especially our fans and well wishers for their continued affection. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you all…With love, Saif & Kareena. Thank you,” the statement read.

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They had no idea that their one day old baby would fall prey to the vicious trolling. Taimur is an Arabic word which means iron but the name is commonly associated with one of the most feared conquerors in history. People started to dig for the truth about the emperor. Timur or Taimur was a Turco-Mongol conqueror and the founder of the Timurid Empire in Persia and Central Asia. He was a great warrior and was considered to be the last of the great nomadic conquerors of the Eurasian Steppe. He was known to be barbaric in nature.  

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Talking about the name Taimur, Saif Ali Khan had earlier told Times Of India, “I’m aware of the heritage of the Turkish ruler and my son was not named after him. He was Timur, my son is Taimur. Perhaps the root is similar but it’s not the same name. Taimur is an ancient Persian name meaning iron. Both my wife and I liked its sound and the meaning. In fact, of all the names I ran by Kareena, she liked this one the best because it’s beautiful and strong. Taimur was the name of a boy he’d grown up with and a cousin too. It’s an old family name like Sara who was also named after a cousin I admired.”  

Adding further, Saif said, “I should have added a disclaimer, as they do in the movies, that any resemblance to any person, living or dead, is purely coincidental… Yes, there were some people who raised some objections but obviously just to look at medieval history and to make value judgments is, I think, ridiculous, and a lot of people have said that on my behalf. I feel quite confident that we don’t live in a right-wing society. As yet, India is still liberal and people are still open minded.”

Cut to 2022, we are appalled to see that nothing has changed. So, Taimur was spotted with his parents and he perhaps was in a playful mood but he surely has no idea in his tender age that people are vicious to some other level. 

In the videos and the pictures, he is pointing his toy gun and taking aim at the shutterbugs. It’s normal as we have seen many kids playing with toy guns. 

Here are the videos and pictures: 

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Soon after the pictures and videos started to do rounds of the internet, people didn’t leave the opportunity to troll and bash a five-year old kid. They are calling him a terrorist and a ‘nanha jihaadi’. This is brutally insensitive and disturbing at many levels. It’s not okay and should be called out.  

Here are the reactions: 

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This shows that we as a society are regressive and have let go of our humanity.  

We are speechless! 

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