There is a mind-boggling web of interconnectedness that relates one journalist-historian-writer-politician-bureaucrat with another journalist-historian-writer-politician-bureaucrat.
Almost every high-profile person in the Congress-Communist establishment related to each other whether it is in politics or bureaucracy or journalism. Recent books by Kuldip Nayar, Tavleen Singh, and Sanjaya Baru also tells the same. Here is one set of sample:
Remember the brutal Jaliyanwallah Bagh massacre, the monstrous act of General Dyer? Even the arch-imperialist Winston Churchill condemned it as a “monstrous event, an event which stood in singular and sinister isolation”.
General Reginald Dyer and his actions were backed by Punjab Governor Sir Michael O’Dwyer and the colonial government of India headed by Lord Chelmsford. Not a surprise.
But, General Dyer and Michael O’Dwyer (who was subsequently shot by Udham Singh) had admirers in India as well. The prominent name in the list was none other than Dewan Bahadur Kunj Behari Thapar of Lahore. In fact, the Golden Temple management (the predecessor of the SGPC) presented Dyer a Kirpan (sword) and a Siropa (turban) along with Rs. 1.75 Lakhs contributed by Kunj Bihari Thapar, Umar Hayat Khan, Chaudhary Gajjan Singh and Rai Bahadur Lal Chand. (Report).
Thapar’s family was newly wealthy, having made their fortune in trade during the first world war, as commission agents for the colonial British Indian Army. Kunj Behari Thapar did everything necessary to please his colonial masters to keep his hold in the British Indian Army. For loyalty during Jallianwala crisis, Kunj Behari Thapar was awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1920. (Copy of the Edinburgh Gazette).
Kunj Behari Thapar had 3 sons 1) Daya Ram Thapar, 2) Prem Nath Thapar and 3) Pran Nath Thapar and 5 daughters.
1) Daya Ram Thapar: Daya Ram Thapar worked in the Military Medical Services of India with the influence of his father and retired as Director General of Indian Armed Forces Medical Services. He has a son Romesh Thapar and two daughters Bimla Thapar and Romila Thapar.
Romesh Thapar: Born in Lahore, Romesh Thapar was therefore sent to England for his education. Starting as a fashionable socialist, Thapar developed into a Marxist ideologue over the years, and remained a member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) until his death.
Romesh Thapar started Seminar, as a monthly journal, and established a stable revenue model predictably, nearly all the advertising revenue comes from the government, and a large proportion of the sales are also to government institutions and libraries. Thapar also shifted base to Delhi from Mumbai in order to leverage their growing political clout in the socialist and “socially progressive” Nehru-led dispensation. They were duly allotted prime property at a low rate by the government.
Thapar and his wife grew especially close to Indira Gandhi through the 1960s and 1970s. Although he had known her earlier, it was after Nehru’s death that Thapar became a part of the inner circle of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. This connection brought Thapar significant clout in society and government, and numerous sinecures were showered on him as patronage. Thapar served at various times as director of the India International Centre, of the National Books Development Board, of the ITDC, and as vice-chairperson of the National Bal Bhavan, Delhi, all of which are government sinecures conferred on him by successive Congress Party governments.
Romila Thapar: A famous “top” typical JNU Nehruvian communist ideologue historian, who gets to write our textbooks and pollute them with pro-Congress Marxist propaganda. Thapar’s appointment to the Library of Congress’s Kluge Chair in 2003 was opposed in an online petition bearing more than 2,000 signatures, on the grounds that she was a “Marxist and anti-Hindu”. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) supported her appointment by calling her “a liberal with a scientific outlook”. To Know more about the great historian, you may check this piece: (Eminent Historian’s continuing fraud)
2) Pran Nath Thapar: General Pran Nath Thapar was the youngest son of Diwan Bahadur Kunj Behari Thapar of Lahore. In March 1936, Thapar married Bimla Bashiram Sehgal, sister of Gautam Sahgal, whose wife Nayantara Sahgal (recently famed for her award wapasi) was a daughter of Vijayalaxmi Pandit and niece of Jawahar Lal Nehru.
Gen. Pran Nath Thapar was the only Indian Army Chief to have lost a war (Against China in 1962). However, on his retirement, Gen. K.S. Thimayya recommended Lt. Gen. S. P. P. Thorat as his successor, was however overruled and Pran Nath Thapar was selected. It’s amazing how Pran Nath Thapar’s role in 1962 debacle is left out of history books. Anyway, he was forced to and resigned in disgrace after the debacle.
General Thapar and Smt. Bimla Thapar had four children, of whom the youngest is the prominent journalist Karan Thapar.
Karan Thapar: A famous media personality who also writes columns frequently for Hindustan Times. The Nehru family itself is related, through blood and marriages, to the high-profile Thapar family. To know more about his journalism, you may refer this piece: (Karan Thapar‘s advice to Narendra Modi)
Son of Sujan Singh of village Hudali in Khushab, Shahpur District (Now Pakistan), Sobha Singh was a witness in the assembly bomb explosion incident on April 8, 1929. He identified Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt and subsequently on Sobha Singh’s testimony, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were sent to gallows.
Sujan Singh & Sobha Singh were accepted as senior-grade contractors and building contracts of Lutyen’s Delhi were being given out to them when Hardinge, the Viceroy of India, announced the plan to move the British Indian Capital City to Delhi. For the South Block, and War Memorial Arch (now India Gate), the uneducated Sobha Singh was the sole builder. Sobha Singh bought as much land in Delhi as he could. He bought several extensive sites at as little as Rs 2 per square yard, freehold. There were few other takers, and he came to be described as adhi dilli da malik (the owner of half of Delhi). He was knighted in the 1944 Birthday Honors. The younger brother of Sir Sobha Singh, Sardar Ujjal Singh later became a parliamentarian, and also Governor of Tamil Nadu.
Sir Sobha had four sons: Bhagwant Singh, Khushwant Singh (prominent journalist, and author), Major Gurbakash and Daljit, and a daughter, Mohinder Kaur.
Khushwant Singh was a vocal Indira Gandhi supporter and known to be the most open Emergency apologist. Sir Sobha’s daughter Mohinder Kaur is known for being accommodative with her daughter-in-law Rukhsana Sultana, wife of son and Army Officer, Shivendar Singh. Rukhsana was famous for being a close friend and accomplice of Sanjay Gandhi during the emergency and also later known for being the mother of actress, Amrita Singh.
Khushwant Singh’s son Rahul Singh can easily be found on NDTV or some other news channels defending the serious sexual/criminal offenders, the likes of Tarun Tejpal, Testa Setalwad and R.K. Pachauri.
It is indeed interesting that grand-daughter of Kunj Behari Thapar (Jaliyanwallah Bagh massacre apologist), Malvika Singh married Tejbir Singh the grandson of Sir Sobha Singh whose testimony sent Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, and Rajguru to gallows. Some reunion this.
The circuit of loyal descendants completes and running in the name of SEMINAR Magazine. Started by Romesh Thapar, Seminar continues to be published from Delhi, brought out by Thapar’s daughter Malavika Singh and her husband Tejbir Singh and is a LOYAL platform for the Congress ecosystem.
To know about more, here is the link to one of its issues of Seminar.
It’s a common ploy among the liberal chatting class to hound their Hindu interlocutors as intellectual descendants of Godse. The Late Khushwant Singh, Romesh Thapar, Romila Thapar and now Tejbir and Malvika Singh along with Karan Thapar used this insinuation effectively. Someone must tell them – We may or may not be intellectuals, but you are direct descendants of the British collaborator Dewan Kunj Behari Thapar and Sir Sobha Singh and still enjoying the lifestyle on money earned by betraying India and as being an accomplice to the Congress’s brazen corruption.