Indian Politicians Who Are Married to Foreigners: India is known for its diverse culture, traditions and values, and its politics is no exception. Indian politicians are known for their charisma, leadership qualities and dedication towards the development of the nation. However, some of them have created a stir in the media due to their marriages to foreigners. Let’s take a look at five Indian politicians who are married to foreigners.
Rajiv Gandhi, the sixth Prime Minister of India, married Sonia Gandhi, an Italian-born woman, in 1968. Sonia Gandhi was a student in England when she met Rajiv Gandhi. She moved to India after their marriage and later became a prominent political figure in India. She served as the president of the Indian National Congress, one of the two major political parties in India.
S. Jaishankar, the current Minister of External Affairs in India, is married to Kyoko Jaishankar, a Japanese national. The couple met while studying at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. Kyoko Jaishankar is a professor of Japanese language and culture at Delhi University.
Palanivel Thiaga Rajan
Palanivel Thiaga Rajan, the current finance minister of Tamil Nadu, is married to Margaret Thiagarajan, an American national. They met while he was pursuing his Ph.D. at The University Of Buffalo. Thiaga Rajan is a member of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), a political party in Tamil Nadu.
Shashi Tharoor, a member of the Indian National Congress, was married to Christa Giles, a Canadian national. The two met while working as diplomats at the United Nations. But this relation did not work for a long time and they split in 2010. Tharoor is currently a member of parliament from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.
Farooq Abdullah, a former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and a member of the National Conference, is married to Mollie Abdullah, a British national. After completing his MBBS from SMS Medical College, Jaipur, Farooq Abdullah went to UK to practice and it was there that he met Mollie, a nurse by profession.