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Scions of royal families to tie knot transcending Indo-Pak border

New Delhi: The family ties which appeared to be broken since the partition in 1947, is still appear to be strong, even more than the political boundaries seperating them.This will be proved when a Rajput

India TV News Desk [ Updated: February 20, 2015 14:09 IST ]
scions of royal families to tie knot transcending indo pak
scions of royal families to tie knot transcending indo pak border

New Delhi: The family ties which appeared to be broken since the partition in 1947, is still appear to be strong, even more than the political boundaries seperating them.

This will be proved when a Rajput pair from India and Pakistan will be tying the knot in Jaipur.

Apart from cross border terrorism, the rare moment of cross border marriage has attracted much media attention even as ties between the two countries have suddenly started looking up.

According to a report in Times of India, the Sodha Rajput family of groom Karni Singh boasts of an impressive legacy. Had it not been for his family, Akbar would have perhaps never become the architect of one of the greatest empires in the world.

The family had given refuge to Akbar's father, Humayun, and his pregnant wife in Amarkot (now Umerkot in Pakistan's Sindh province) as he fled to the desert region after being defeated by Sher Shah Suri in 1540.

The family stayed back in Pakistan after 1947 and its members are today one of the leading political families in the country with considerable influence in the Hindu-dominated Tharparkar region adjoining Rajasthan.

The bride, Padmini Singh Rathore, is a member of Kanota royal family and a descendant of erstwhile Jaipur state force commander General Amar Singh.

The Sodha family has long been in matrimonial alliances in Rajasthan as they are the only major Hindu Rajput clan in Pakistan. Rajputs are forbidden from marrying within their clans while majority of Hindus in Pakistan belong to lower castes.

Speaking to TOI, Karni's father, Hamir Singh, who is a Pakistan People's Party (PPP) politician and is married to an Indian as well, said the wedding wasn't unusual.

"We have marital ties with Rajput families from Rajasthan. There can be now better way to bridge the gulf between the two countries," he added.

Hamir heads the Sodha family that owns the famous Umerkot Fort where Akbar was born.

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