Hindu names for Kashmiri Muslims (Was: Nehru-Gandhi dynasty)

Allen W Thrasher athr at LOC.GOV
Thu Aug 10 18:46:11 UTC 2000

The idea that the Nehrus were Muslims seems pretty absurd to me, but I
want to take issue with one contention:

<<A Muslim cannot have the surname `Gandhi' or `Nehru', they are
definitely forbidden. It would have to be changed to Shaikh
on conversion.>>

Whether it's forbidden or not, I have met or read of Kashmiri Muslims
with what one would usually consider Hindu family names, such as Bhat,
or even Shaiva.  Whether their families were recent converts or not I
would not know.

Allen Thrasher

Allen W. Thrasher, Ph.D.

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