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    India witnesses furious #BaapKaMaal (literal meaning - father's property) debate as veteran Bollywood actor takes a jibe at India’s grand old party for naming national assets after the Gandhi family.

    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — There is fun and furor galore in India as veteran Indian film actor Rishi Kapoor continues to trend on twitter for slamming the Indian National Congress for naming innumerable national assets in honor of Gandhi family members.

    In a series of tweets, Kapoor questioned the rationale behind naming roads and institutions after former Prime Ministers Jawahar Lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi instead of freedom fighters and other prominent figures who have contributed to society. He tweeted — "Baap Ka Maal samajh rakha tha?" meaning; "You thought they were your father's property?" A string of reactions followed under the tag #BaapKaMaal. 

    ​The twitterati had a good laugh at the wisecracks and witticisms that followed.

    ​The 63-year-old star has a fan following of over 1.7 million on Twitter, some of whom slammed him for his comprehension of Indian history and not understanding the contributions of the Gandhi family.

    ​Some took to sharing photos of Rishi Kapoor's father Raj Kapoor and grandfather Prithvi Raj Kapoor with Congress leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi.  

    ​Nevertheless, a good number of supporters backed his opinion. 

    ​Some saw it as insignificant and shallow. 

    ​A number of prominent figures also reacted with sarcasm.

    ​Meanwhile, sporadic protests by activists of the Indian National Congress were witnessed outside Rishi Kapoor's residence in Mumbai. Many leading Television Channels conducted debates on the subject where politicians and members of the film industry were seen both supporting and criticizing Kapoor for his comments.

    According to official records, Gandhi family names have been used for at least 450 different schemes, projects, institutions, landmark structures, awards, fellowships, parks and sanctuaries, hospitals, festivals and roads. 

    The Gandhi family is not the offspring of Mahatma Gandhi as many may believe. The Gandhi family is the family of Jawahar Lal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister. 


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