Sunday, February 24, 2008

Indian gay prince to adopt a child to continue lineage

Manvendra Singh Gohil.

Sunday, 24 February, 2008
To continue 500-year-old lineage of royal family of Rajpipla, the gay prince of the erstwhile state has decided to adopt a male child. Rajpipla is a city and a municipality in Narmada district in the Indian state of Gujarat.

Forty two-year-old Manvendrasinh Gohil is the only person of royal lineage in the country who has openly proclaimed to being a gay creating a stir.
"When I declared about my status, after the initial stir, people of the Rajpipla were worried about who would continue the 500 to 600 year-old tradition of the royal family. Though the kingdoms are gone, people of our erstwhile state have great respect for our royal family," Gohil said.
"People of the state still consider that the rule of our dynasty was better in comparison to the present rule. They respect us and look upon the ruling family especially in times of crisis," Gohil said.
"There are many tradition set by the family in Rajpipla which starts in the presence of king. Even Tajias are taken out in presence of the king," he added.
"I being the 39th heir in the royal lineage of the Gohil family, there are numerous family traditions which the king has to follow," the scion who recently became the first male personality from India to have a tete-e-tete with Ophra Winfrey in the globally viewed chat show, said.
"So considering all this things, I have promised to my family and the people of the state that I will adopt a male child," he said.

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