Ankit, Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir
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Early Life and Education[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]
Ankit was born in New Delhi to the royal family of Kashmir. His father Kunwar (Prince) Bhim Singh is the founder and leader of the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party. His mother Jay Mala is a Goud Saraswat Brahmin of Afghan origin and co-founder of the Panthers Party. The Brahmins ruled Afghanistan as Hindu Shahis (Kings) in the past. His parents founded the Panthers Party in 1982 to fight against Islamic terrorism in Kashmir.
Ankit attended the Bishop Cotton School, Shimla prior to being sent to the UK in 1989 to study at the American Community School in Cobham, Surrey. He then trained at the California Institute of the Arts and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Pretender to the throne of Kashmir[edit | hide | edit source]
Ankit seized to be an Indian citizen in 2009 when he naturalised as a British citizen, as India does not permit dual nationality. Thus as a member of the royal family, he was no longer subject to the 26th Constitutional Amendment of India which bars Indian citizens from holding royal titles.
In March 2015, at the Hotel Cafe Royal, London, Ankit claimed title of the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir, subject to an ongoing armed conflict since October 1947 between the nuclear armed forces of India, Pakistan and China, as well as multiple terrorist groups including the Al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Personal Life[edit | hide | edit source]
References[edit | hide | edit source]
- Dazed (2016-05-05). "The ex-MTV sensation aiming to be London's pro-weed mayor". Dazed. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
The 31-year-old artist from Jammu and Kashmir is an unlikely candidate for the London mayoralty, but he always sounds undeterred and radiating with optimism.
- "A Kashmiri Dogra who wants to be mayor of London". Hindustan Times. 2016-04-27. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
Ankit Love, a young Dogra musician with roots in Jammu and Kashmir, is an unlikely candidate for the high-profile election of the next London mayor
- Hancock, Edith (2016-04-11). "An exiled emperor is running for London mayor". City A.M. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
- "When is the Batley and Spen by-election and which candidates are in the running to replace murdered Jo Cox as MP?". The Sun. 2016-10-13. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
e British-Dogra musician, 32, is head of the little-known One Love Party who plan to make air pollution in London a priority, promote green cars and hydrogen fuel stations
- "A Dogra bids to make it in UK politics – again". Hindustan Times. 2016-11-01. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
- "What's it like to run for Mayor of London?". Newsweek. 2016-05-06. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
Love’s family hails from Jammu and Kashmir in India, and he says he has a claim to the sovereignty
- "Prince of peace' Ankit Love tries his luck at London's mayoral polls". Daily News & Analysis. 2016-05-05. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
A 32-year-old erstwhile royal and filmmaker musician Ankit Love has created history by becoming the first person from terror-plagued Jammu and Kashmir to stand for elections as Mayor of London.
- "लंदन का मेयर बनने की दौड़ में डोगरा महाराज (Dogra Maharaja in race for London Mayor)". Dainik Jagran. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
- Downer, Martin (2016-05-04). "Kashmiri 'Maharajah' bidding to be London mayor". GulfNews. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
- "Prime Minister Modi To Face Love Challenge In 2019 Lok Sabha Elections". Outlook India. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
During the Mayoral race Love claimed to be the Maharaja of Kashmir
- "'Emperor of Kashmir' running for London mayor. This is not a joke". Catch News India. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
- "The unknown revolutionary royal who wants to be London's next Mayor". Huck Magazine. 2016-05-05. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
- "All of a Sudden, Kashmir Has a King, Living in Exile!". Kashmir Life Magazine. 2016-04-30. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
- "London mayoral polls: 'Maharaja' with message of peace". The Indian Express. 2016-05-02. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
- "What's behind the MIST, check out the new issue OUT NOW!". The Non-Modern Man. 2013-12-01. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
- "People of London Get Ready, Here Comes One Love Party". NewsGram. 2016-05-04. Retrieved 2017-06-27.