There is a new star kid on the block and the name is Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi! Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan announced the exciting news today morning after Kareena delivered her first child, a baby boy, at a Mumbai hospital this morning. All the members from Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan’s family were present at the hospital, eagerly waiting to welcome the new member into the Kapoor-Khan family. Kareena gave birth to her baby boy via C-Section at Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital.

Soon after the arrival of their baby, Saif Ali Khan issued a statement for the media and their fans. It said: “We are very pleased to share with you all the wonderful news about the birth of our son: Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi, on the 20th of December 2016. We would like to thank the media for the understanding and support they have given us over the last 9 months, and of course especially our fans and well-wishers for their continued affection. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.”

Fans went into frenzy after hearing the news about Kareena – Saif’s baby boy. Soon the name Taimur Ali Khan started trending on Twitter. Most were to express joy and congratulate the couple. On the name, a few tweets mentioned that the name is royal, like that of a King, while there were others that questioned the logic behind naming the baby boy Taimur. The name Taimur has historical significance. Here’s what we dug out about the name Taimur, which is a Turkish word for iron. (ALSO READ: 10 quotes that prove Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan will be super AMAZING parents)

 

As per a page on Wikipedia:

“Timur or Taimur, historically known as Tamerlane was a Turco-Mongol conqueror and the founder of the Timurid Empire in Persia and Central Asia. Born into the Barlas confederation in Transoxiana on 9 April 1336, Timur gained control of the western Chagatai Khanate by 1370. From that base, he led military campaigns across Western, South and Central Asia, Caucasus and southern Russia, and emerged as the most powerful ruler in the Muslim world after defeating the Mamluks of Egypt and Syria, the emerging Ottoman Empire and the declining Delhi Sultanate. 

Timur envisioned the restoration of the Mongol Empire of Genghis Khan. Timur’s armies were inclusively multi-ethnic and were feared throughout Asia, Africa, and Europe, sizable parts of which were laid waste by his campaigns. Scholars estimate that his military campaigns caused the deaths of 17 million people, amounting to about 5% of the world population.

In 1398, Timur invaded northern India, attacking the Delhi Sultanate. The battle took place on 17 December 1398 and Delhi was sacked and left in ruins. Before the battle for Delhi, Timur executed 100,000 captives. The capture of the Delhi Sultanate was one of Timur’s greatest victories, arguably surpassing the likes of Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan because of the harsh conditions of the journey and the achievement of taking down one of the richest cities at the time. After Delhi fell to Timur’s army, uprisings by its citizens against the Turkic-Mongols began to occur, causing a bloody massacre within the city walls. After three days of citizens uprising within Delhi, it was said that the city reeked of the decomposing bodies of its citizens with their heads being erected like structures and the bodies left as food for the birds. Timur’s invasion and destruction of Delhi continued the chaos that was still consuming India, and the city would not be able to recover from the great loss it suffered for almost a century.”

As per a page on a site siasat.pk:
“Amir Timur is remembered as a vicious conqueror, who razed ancient cities to the ground and put entire populations to the sword. On the other hand, he is also known as a great patron of the arts, literature, and architecture. One of his signal achievements is his capital at the beautiful city of Samarkand, in modern-day Uzbekistan.”

No wonder then, some fans of Kareena Kapoor – Saif Ali Khan who are aware of the history behind the name Taimur /Timur were disappointed by their choice of the name for their baby boy. Check out their tweets below.