AAP’s Yogendra Yadav was called Salim as a Child

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Yogendra Yadav
Yogendra Yadav

GURGAON, April 6 –  AAP’s Gurgaon candidate Yogendra Yadav has a Muslim name too. His family and close friends call him ‘Salim’, while one of his sisters, Neelam, is known as ‘Najma’. Yadav said he was named Salim by his father as a “secular response” to the murder of his grandfather Ram Singh in a communal riot in 1936.

“My grandfather was a school headmaster. He was killed trying to stop a Muslim mob from entering the school. My father was seven years old then. He also witnessed another massacre during the Partition. It was after that he decided to give his children Muslim names,” Yadav said.

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However, due to societal pressure, Salim’s official name was changed to Yogendra at the age of five.

Aam Aadmi Party leader leader Ramzan Chaudhary, who did not know about it earlier, said he was confused when Yadav’s family members called him Salim.

“About seven years ago, I came to know that Yogendra was called Salim within the family,” said Chaudhary, member of AAP’s Haryana election coordination committee.

In 2007, he happened to stay at Yadav’s Model Town house in Rewari.

“Yogendra’s sister Poonam, who is a doctor and works at a hospital in Rewari, asked me ‘Are you friend of Salim Bhai?’ I did not understand but later I came to know she was calling Yogendra as Salim,” he said.

Yadav’s wife Madhulika Banerjee, who is an associate professor at the University Of Delhi, also calls her husband Salim.

“Yogendra Yadav as well as his ancestors have this great feeling of patriotism. The family is one of the most respected in the region,” Jaswant Singh Yadav, a retired Delhi Police officer and resident of Saharanwas village in Rewari, told IANS.

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  1. Why muslims killed , more than 15lakhs hindus.we saw that in bbc report how muslims had killed hindu ,sikhs and gangrape 3,5 years old girls in panjab,bangal , up. They had used knives,and farsa to cut women after raping. It was the (savan)ramajan month the holy month of muslims and what they had done ?my relatives also were killed in partition’s riots but who creaus riot -muslims creat riots for pakistan a country of evils why this has done .they only think about islam ,muslims. They dont know what is a mulk ,janmbhoodi. muslims r destroyer killer of india that it cant forgetable ever. Time will change ,Time has chaned now. Its sward era its education,invention era but muslims r so backward across the globe. That is why muslims r targeted by globe.

  2. So low of you to seek a artificial communal sympathy for a person, whose grandfather was killed by the likes of you and today you are seeking a support for him not because of anything but because you think he is fighting against NaMo. Frankly speaking, i am an atheist who has been brought up in an environment where i never had the need to ask for religion of person I was interacting with, but the likes of you and other authors of this website have alarmed me of how dangerous and fanatic Islam and its followers are. Islam is not just enemy of Hinduisms or other established religions(in fact had it been that i would have appreciated you)…Rather looking at the likes of you, i am getting increasingly certain that Islam is enemy of everything that the world has achieved in last 300-500 years. You guys through your shallow mentality and retarded thinking make Hitler look like a irate kid of a block.

    • P.S it is now almost assumed proven that there is no “personal” GOD in almost all serious scientific circles. There is no heaven hell other world…The mystery of universe is very close to being unraveled without needing GOD to fill any gaps… Please for your GOD sake, move out of this cult mentality, leave Islam or any other religion you are professing and become human pure human of this 21st century. We today with all the knowledge science and maths have given us are more rational and wise than peasants born on 6AD or anyone before that. I as a simple man, can today create a much wiser curan, gita, bible than any of those created in the past by virtue of sheer awareness and abundance of scientific know we have at our disposal. Why do you have to look back at those stupid old books to find an explanation of morality, when average educated man of today can do it better.

      • With your scientific knowledge, just answer few basic questions.
        How large is the Universe?
        Why and how is it expanding always?
        What is beyond the edge of the Universe-which no man can reach in his/her own lifetime, even if you take the fastest of spacecrafts?
        What is the purpose of life? even if you achieve a lot, everyone will surely be dead one day, and soon forgotten.
        What is the soul/spirit and what exactly is death, what happens to the body and soul?

        • I am not a cutting edge scientist, but i can still answer couple of your non-questions provided you are willing to shun this cult of islam…Are you ready?
          To begin with
          What is the purpose of life?
          There is no purpose to life…Yes life is consequence of something, but there is no purpose to it..You can create your own purpose for your own life while you are alive but other than that you are mere ordered collection of molecules at a macro level.

        • What is the soul/spirit and what exactly is death, what happens to the body and soul?

          There is nothing like soul/spirit and your body disintegrates once you are dead…the ordered collection of molecules(mainly Hydrogen, Oxygen and carbon) becomes a disordered collection of atoms and molecules…

        • > even if you achieve a lot, everyone will surely be dead one day, and soon forgotten

          Sure everybody will die…rather the correct word is disintegrate back into atoms and molecules…Not everybody will be forgotten soon..Time and tide waits for none..Some leave a lasting impression on generations to come others die a quick death…Like Talibani terrorists who explode themselves.

        • What is beyond the edge of the Universe-which no man can reach in his/her own lifetime, even if you take the fastest of spacecrafts?

          You can think of what is beyond the edge only if you know if there is an edge…The space does not exist beyond certain point so the question that what exists beyond space is a non-question.

        • How large is the Universe?
          > There are couple fof theories which scientists have put forward..inflation theory, multiverse theorystring theory…

          As i understand(and my understanding wil only improve with time as we accumulate more knowlege), largeness can be explained only if we have a known larger limit…The universe itself is the largest..When the universe started from a point in space time…it was the largest thing to have existed and even today it is the largest thing that exists…Now that is one point of argument, there are others in other scientific theories…While all theories making intelligent arguments predictions , the so called GOD of the gaps theory is totally absurd and makes no verifiable prediction and there is zero need for GOD, or at least the personal GOD which many of you believe in.
          GOD by itself explains/answers no questions itself..it merely creates and delegates questions to another level.

          Why and how is it expanding always?
          How it is expanding it explained in detail very neatly in the inflation theory.

        • Lastly you said “With your scientific knowledge, just answer few basic questions”

          Those are not basic questions in fact those are the only open questions you have that are remaining to be conclusively answered…rest all has been answered…

          1400 years back basic questions were why do things fall downwards, why does sun seem to rotate around earth, how come rain happens, how come there are dust storms, earth quakes, diseases, hurricanes, tides blah blah…99.99% of all questions which were considered basic 1400 years ago have been answered. 99.99% of these basic questions required intervention of the concept of GOD to explain them and in 99.99% of these, eventually no GOD was eventually required to answer them…Even by basic human common sense, the remaining .01% will too should not need any GOD to explain them.

  3. Muslims should not be targeted Guys…at the same time Muslims should not hold double standards however…AND KNOW this…whoever did gangrape of any woman he is not a Muslim but a Kufr even if he be doing namaz etc.allah will roast them in hell even if they do laks of namaz while doing immoral activities

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