New British PM Boris Johnson India’s ‘Son-in-Law’
New Delhi: New British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who took over from Theresa May July 24, has a close India connection. His estranged wife Marina Wheeler, whom he married in 1993, is half Indian.
Wheeler is the niece of late editor and writer Khushwant Singh.
Before they announced their separation last year after 25 years of marriage, Johnson had travelled several times to India with Marina. They have four children together.
The former mayor of London and former foreign secretary, 55, has earlier referred to himself as the son-in-law of India.
Marina’s mother, Dip Singh, who is still alive, was married to Khushwant Singh’s youngest brother, Daljit Singh.
In a column for The Tribune, veteran journalist and Khuswant Singh’s son Rahul Singh writes that Johnson visited the Ranthambore tiger reserve along with Marina and three of their children last year. During a family get-together, Rahul Singh got to meet Johnson.
“Though I had met him once before in Mumbai some years earlier, this was the first time I got a chance to talk to him one-to-one, at some length. I was surprised that he knew so much about India and its politics. Should he become Britain’s next PM, I think those Indian insights, thanks mainly due to his 25-years of marriage to Marina, however rocky it may have been, and personal visits to this country, should augur well for better Indo-British ties,” Singh said.