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No regrets, says Chand Mohammed

Real life is no different from reel life. And, who could be a better example than former deputy Haryana CM, Chand Mohammed? His story includes all the ingredients of a Bollywood potboiler — love, religion, politics and conflict.

delhi Updated: Dec 17, 2008 01:16 IST
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Real life is no different from reel life. And, who could be a better example than former deputy Haryana chief minister, Chand Mohammed? His story includes all the ingredients of a Bollywood potboiler — love, religion, politics and conflict.

When Chander fell in love with former assistant advocate general, Anuradha Bali, his life turned upside down, literally. He not only lost his job, religion and family, but also his name. To marry Bali, without divorcing his first wife, the couple converted to Islam. From Chander Mohan he is now Chand Mohammed, while Bali is now Fiza.

But he has no regrets, he said at a press conference on Tuesday.

His father, former CM Bhajan Lal, has disowned him. Jobless, he now travels in a beat-up Santro instead of a Mercedes. But he has no regrets, he said at a press conference on Tuesday.

“I thought carefully before making the decision,” said Chander. “I hope you forgive me. I have done no injustice to anybody. As a politician, I served my people and as a family man, I handed all my property to them. Now I don't even have a roof over my head.”

Asked if it was a conversion of convenience, Chand Mohammed said, “I have been inclined to Islam since childhood…. I was attracted to the religion first. Fiza came much later. I didn't convert to marry her,” he said.

When asked to recite Sura Yasin, an important prayer from the Koran, an upset Fiza said: “As a Hindu do you know the durga, shiva or hanuman chalisa? Respect our religion.”