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Jamai Raja Is No. 1

The black sheep son-in-law. Finally, the Indian business-political family is complete.

Jamai Raja Is No. 1
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Jamai Raja Is No. 1
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Bad Sons-In Law From Bharat

  • 1. The first Muslim invader of the Deccan, Alauddin, the nephew and son-in-law of Jalaluddin Khilji, undertook an expedition against Bhilsa, where he captured a rich booty, a part of which he sent on to Delhi. Jalaluddin was pleased, and rewarded him with the vice-royalty of Oudh in addition to Karra. Alauddin plundered the territories and treated the vanquished severely. On July 19, 1296, he murdered his father-in-law and usurped the throne on October 3, 1296.
  • Ravan: In the Valmiki Ramayana, there’s a whole chapter where Ravan’s father-in-law tries to reason that abducting Sita wasn’t the right thing to do. But Ravan paid no heed.
  • Yudhishthir: He put Draupadi down as a wager, loses her to Duryodhana. Pa-in-law King Drupad is very upset.
  • Raja Dushyant: He and Shaku­n­tala have a Gandharva marriage. Later leaves, promising to return for her. But when Dushyant becomes king, he gets too abso­rbed in affairs of the state, ‘forgets’ Shakun­tala (Durva­sa’s curse). Shak­untala’s father Vish­wa­mitra, who has bowed his head to none, bows before Dush­yant to persuade him to accept his daughter back.

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Gurunath Meiyappan met his wife Rupa through their common love for the game of golf. They married in 2001. Grandson of the legendary A.V. Meiyappan (of the avm film banner, one of  the few large studios still running in Tamil Nadu), Meiyappan Jr had little interest in movies, go-karting and golf being more his passions. His IPL ties came after father-in-law, BCCI chief N. Srinivasan, made him boss of his team Chennai Super Kings to avoid a conflict of interest issue. Meiyappan now finds himself in a spot for betting on matches (and possibly ‘fixing’ too), and was arrested and cha­rged with gam­bling and cheating earlier last week.

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