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The Lost Homestead: My Mother, Partition and the Punjab - Marina Wheeler (Boris Johnson's ex wife)


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This looks interesting. Marina Wheeler is Boris Johnson's first wife who has four kids with him. Her mother was from a Sikh background by the looks of it. According to this DM article, she looks like she wants to discover her 'lost heritage'. This is pertinent to me because recently I've been spending time with younger mixed race relatives, and some of the older ones now seem to resent being encouraged to be indifferent to the Sikh side of their heritage when growing up.

 

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Ms Wheeler was able to speak to her mother, Dip Singh, about her experiences in India, before she died of bowel cancer in February.

When her mother was 14, they were forced to flee their side of the Punjab after it ended up on the side of Pakistan

Her family left their comfortable life and moved to Delhi, though Ms Wheeler says she has no recollection of ever meeting her grandfather. 

She told GMB: 'I was brought up very British - I don't know any Indian languages - and my mother made this conscious decision not to teach us any. 

'It was this complete blank canvas, this whole side of my heritage, and I wanted to discover that. 

Speaking to Radio 4 about her mother, Ms Wheeler said: 'On one level it is simply that she came from a generation who didn't talk about their lives.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8941359/Boris-Johnsons-ex-wife-Marina-Wheeler-says-couple-years-traumatic.html#comments

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I know how women think. Marina must be hurting seeing her Bullingdon, blonde twat ex gallivanting around with every young sexy ting he encounters; while she struggles with cancer and her mother's death. I heard Boris's kids with her aren't too keen to talk to their old man either. 

Oh well. 

I wonder what Marina's mom told her about partition? 

 

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1 hour ago, dallysingh101 said:

 

I wonder what Marina's mom told her about partition? 

 

She seems to identify with Pakistan quite a bit which is odd

In an exclusive interview with Geo News in 2015, then-London mayor Johnson told this correspondent that his wife is from Pakistan, and that she has insisted him several times to visit the country.

"My wife (Marina Wheeler) originates from Pakistan, she is a Sikh and her parents were from Sargodha. She has been asking me to visit Pakistan since a long time but unfortunately I was unable to do so but I intend to visit the amazing country soon," Johnson had told Geo News in the interview.

https://www.geo.tv/latest/243568-new-british-pm-boris-johnsons-pakistan-connection

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1 minute ago, Niara said:

She seems to identify with Pakistan quite a bit which is odd

In an exclusive interview with Geo News in 2015, then-London mayor Johnson told this correspondent that his wife is from Pakistan, and that she has insisted him several times to visit the country.

"My wife (Marina Wheeler) originates from Pakistan, she is a Sikh and her parents were from Sargodha. She has been asking me to visit Pakistan since a long time but unfortunately I was unable to do so but I intend to visit the amazing country soon," Johnson had told Geo News in the interview.

https://www.geo.tv/latest/243568-new-british-pm-boris-johnsons-pakistan-connection

A few people whose families originate from across the border have some fascination with the place, probably due to being influenced by stories they've heard growing up.  I think they are confused, they've heard that this is their ancestral land and develop some strange mental connection to the place.

Thank Waheguru my family come from the Sikh side. Although there are a few descendents of partition refugee families married into the family. I don't think they are nostalgic about it though.  

 

My interpretation of:

"My wife (Marina Wheeler) originates from Pakistan, she is a Sikh and her parents were from Sargodha. She has been asking me to visit Pakistan since a long time but unfortunately I was unable to do so but I intend to visit the amazing country soon," Johnson had told Geo News in the interview.

"My wife's family come from some foreign land, she's been asking me to arrange a visit to the place, but I'm too busy sh@gging birds behind her back for this. Hurrumph!"

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2 hours ago, dallysingh101 said:

A few people whose families originate from across the border have some fascination with the place, probably due to being influenced by stories they've heard growing up.  I think they are confused, they've heard that this is their ancestral land and develop some strange mental connection to the place.

Thank Waheguru my family come from the Sikh side. Although there are a few descendents of partition refugee families married into the family. I don't think they are nostalgic about it though.  

 

My interpretation of:

"My wife (Marina Wheeler) originates from Pakistan, she is a Sikh and her parents were from Sargodha. She has been asking me to visit Pakistan since a long time but unfortunately I was unable to do so but I intend to visit the amazing country soon," Johnson had told Geo News in the interview.

"My wife's family come from some foreign land, she's been asking me to arrange a visit to the place, but I'm too busy sh@gging birds behind her back for this. Hurrumph!"

My nana was born in Pakistan, although his ancestral village is on the Indian side. Thankfully he left a year before the violence started.

He did go back to visit once but I have no inkling whatsoever.

Why go back to a place where you were thrown out of? It's the same with East African Sikhs.

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I saw something on the news about Marina.

Apparently her mother went out of her way to not talk about her side of the family or her heritage. 

This had something to do with her mother running away from an arranged marriage. 

Marina does not know any Punjabi or anything about any of the Indian languages. 

She mentioned that her mother was from Pakistan. 

But this is how far removed she is about her heritage.

Anyone's whose family came from that side of the border never say they are from Pakistan.

They will say that their  family lived there before partition in what is now Pakistan.

 

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10 hours ago, ChardikalaUK said:

Get ready for the obligatory episode of Who Do You Think You Are on BBC1.

She'll probably uncover the usual Jewish roots.

The Anita Rani one was so cringe. She was bleating like a goat when the baba told her how Sikhs killed their own daughters and sister to save them from getting raped and kidnapped, almost blaming the baba and Sikhs for what they had to do. And she ended the show with mentioning how the Ganges is a holy river for millions of Hindus and Sikhs. 

A lot of these coconuts are just cringe to watch when they talk about their "roots" and "heritage" i normally end up changing the channel. 

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