Know why new British PM Boris Johnson calls himself “son-in-law of India”

The Hush Post | 7:49 pm | One-minute read |

Boris Johnson on Wednesday assumed the charge as Britain’s new Prime Minister. The 55-year-old Conservative Party leader has inducted into his cabinet, three Indian origin members – Priti Patel, Alok Sharma and Rishi Sunak. Maybe this should be enough to portray his closeness with India. But his Indian connection is much more than that. The former foreign secretary and London Mayor, Johnson has often referred to himself as “son-in-law of India”.

Well, Boris Johnson was married to Marina Wheeler, a half-Indian, who is distantly related to eminent writer Khushwant Singh’s family. Marina Wheeler happens to be the niece of Khuswant Singh. Khushwant’s youngest brother Daljit Singh was married to Wheeler’s mother Dip. Her older sister Amarjeet was married to Khushwant’s oldest brother Bhagwant Singh.

However, Dip separated from Daljit and later married BBC correspondent Sir Charles Wheeler. Dip and Sir Wheeler had two daughters- Marina and Shirin. Johnson travelled with Marina to India several times in the past.

Before separation, the couple had last year visited the Ranthambore National Park. They have four children.

Khsuhwant Singh’s son Rahul Singh, who himself is a renowned writer, told Mumbai Mirror, “Marina is not my cousin, she is my cousin’s cousin.”

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