As the world celebrates Fathers Day, Google marks a Happy Fathers Day 2018 with a dedicated Google Doodle on June 17, 2018. First celebrated in 1908, Fathers Day is all about celebrating paternal bonds, love and respect for one’s father and father-figures that one holds dear.
RTIwala Trending: Politics and relationships seldom go together. We live in times that glorifies the bad in our ministers. Indian politics is rooted in selfish motives, questionable morality and everything that is not appreciated by the common man. But the world has more good than bad. Fathers are the strongest pillars in developing the character of a man. And no matter how much one detests politics and politicians, there’s ought to be some good within everyone.
“A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.”
As a Father’s Day tribute to every father on this Fathers Day, let’s get to know about the fathers that made the strongest of politicians of India.
Father: Sri Gobind Ram Kejriwal
Born on August 16, 1968, Arvind Kejriwal is the eldest among the three children born to Gobind Ram Kejriwal and Gita Devi in Diwani, Haryana. His father was an electrical engineer and a Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra (BIT, Mesra) alumnus. Theirs was an upper-middle-class family where he spent his childhood across Hisar, Sonepat and Ghaziabad.
Father: Late Stefano Maino
The first lady of the Indian National Congress and Gandhi bahu was born to Stefano and Paula Maino in Lusiana, Italy. Born on December 9, 1946, Gandhi was raised in a traditional Roman Catholic Christian family.
Stefano Maino was a building mason by profession who later built a construction business in Obressano. Like Gandhi, her father too, had a strong political connection, being a loyal supporter of the National Fascist Party and Benito Mussolini. He had also fought for Hitler’s Wehrmacht on the Eastern Front. This was against the Soviet military during the World War II. Interestingly, Sonia and her sister, Nadia were named in the memory of the Italian participation in the Eastern Front.
Father: Sri Anand Singh Bisht
Born on June 5, the 46-yr old Chief Minister if India’s largest state hails from a humble background with an ex-Forest ranger as a father. Anand Singh Bisht is in his 80s and continues to live in their native village in Pauri Garhwal, Uttar Pradesh. Being the second born among the four children in the family, Yogi completed his B.Sc in Mathematics from Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, Uttarakhand.
In the 1990s, he left home to join the Ram temple movement and has been deeply influenced by Mahant Avaidyanath, the chief priest of Gorakhnath Math. Subsequently, he was titled ‘yogi’ and later succeeded his spiritual guru, Mahant Avaidyanath himself.
Dr. Manmohan Singh
Father: Sri Gurmukh Singh
Former Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh was an introvert child back in school, not that things have changed much. Born on September 26, 1932, Dr. Singh lost his mother at a very young age and spent his childhood in Gah, Punjab. The octogenarian was then raised by his paternal grandmother, who he was very close to. However not much is known about his father Sri Gurmukh Singh and mother, Smt. Amrit Kaur.
Father: Sri Anil Chandra Shah
Born to Sri Anil Chandra Shah and Smt. Kusumben Shah in Mumbai on October 22, 1964, Amit Shah. His father Anil Chandra Shah dealt in a PVC pipe business as Shah belonged to an affluent family. Shah did his schooling in Mehsana, followed by a Degree in Biochemistry from CU Shah Science College.
Father: Sri Hardev Sharma
Sushma Swaraj was born to Sri Hardev Sharma and Smt. Laxmi Devi on February 14,1952 in Ambala, Haryana. Her father was a prominent participant of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). The family hailed from Dharampura area of Lahore, Pakistan. She pursued college in Sanatan Dharma College in Ambala Cantonment.
Father: Shri Kandanur L. Ct. L. Palaniappa Chettiar
P. Chidambaram was born on September 16 1945 to Shri Kandanur L. Ct. L. Palaniappa Chettiar Smt. Lakshmi Achi in Kanadukathan, Tamil Nadu. The former Finance Minister has one sister and two brothers. His father was a business person dealing in trading, plantations, and textiles. Chidambaram’s grandfather and uncles had also been the co-founders of United India Insurance, Indian Bank, Annamalai University and Indian Overseas Bank.
“The family is where one’s learning begins and a father is a child’s hero.”
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