Popular Bollywood couple Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan say they have been blessed with a baby boy and in keeping with the status of his parents in India, little Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi is already making waves.
The couple announced the birth in a statement on Tuesday.
“We are very pleased to share with you all the wonderful news about the birth of our son: Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi,” the couple said.
“We would like to thank the media for the understanding and support they have given us over the last nine months and of course, especially our fans and well wishers for their continued affection.”
The baby’s name however, has sparked a bizarre furore on Twitter – owing to the fact that baby Taimur shares his name with Timur the Lame, the 14th Century Turkish who is believed to have spearheaded a brutal massacre of Indians in Delhi in 1399 AD.
Timur was a member of a Mongol tribe settled in what is now Uzbekistan.
In 1370, Timur declared himself as the leader of the Mongol empire and went on to spend the next decade leading crusades across the region from Persia to India.
In 1398, he invaded India, wreaking havoc across Delhi before leaving with a wagonloads of loot.
It’s said that it took Delhi over a hundred years to recover from his assault.
That history has, it appears, rubbed many in India the wrong way with some comparing Kapoor-Khan’s name choice to someone in Europe naming their son Adolf.
One Twitter user – @Keshav_Joshi – even suggested that baby Taimur should “die of cancer”.
Others have come to the couple’s defence, most notably Omra Abdullah, the Muslim former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir.
“The only people who get to decide a baby’s name are the parents of said baby & the ones they ask.
Why should opinion of the rest matter? So congrats to Saif & Kareena and a long happy life to their baby son. May #TaimurAliKhan have a happy & healthy life.”
The name itself is thought to be of Turkish origin and loosely translated means “Iron Man”.
Fortunate then for little Taimur Ali Khan will need to have plenty of steel to guard against bigots who hide behind Twitter.