New Delhi: Union HRD Minister Shashi Tharoor and Sunanda Pushkar have issued a joint statement over the Twitter controversy involving them and Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar. The two have in the statement said they are happily married and there's no trouble in their marriage.
"We are distressed by the unseemly controversy that has arisen about some unauthorised tweets from our Twitter accounts. Various distorted accounts of comments allegedly made by Sunanda have appeared in the press. It appears that some personal and private comments responding to these unauthorised tweets -- comments that were not intended for publication -- have been misrepresented and led to some erroneous conclusions," the statement said.
"We wish to stress that we are happily married and intend to remain that way. Sunanda has been ill and hospitalised this week and is seeking to rest. We would be grateful if the media respects our privacy," the statement added.
Meanwhile, Mehr Tarar has come out strongly against Sunanda's allegations against her. "This woman constantly says something on social media and then is allowed to get away. Why will I hack into her account and tweet against myself," she questioned.
"Ask Mrs Tharoor how she can call me an ISI agent when I was tweeting. What have I done in India or Pakistan that I be called an ISI agent," Tarar added.
The alleged hacking of Tharoor's Twitter account has took a dramatic turn with his wife Sunanda Pushkar lashing out against popular Mehr Tarar. Sunanda Pushkar called Mehr Tarar an ISI agent and accused her of trying to create trouble in her marriage.
Pushkar has gone public with the trouble in paradise for the two. She seems to have taken the bizarre tweet dialogue between the twitter accounts of her husband and Mehr Tarar seriously and quite literally, publicly.
In a series of tweets soon after bizarre tweets from Tharoor's hacked Twitter account to Mehr Tarar, Pushkar berated her and asked her to stop talking to Tharoor. She even changed her Twitter handle to @sptvrock and tweeted saying she wanted Tarar to know that she and Tharoor are a happy couple.
"For her information Shashi and I are very happy together, sad for her to know I guess, I get sick and go away for treatment and the vultures pounce," she tweeted to Tarar. "The audacity of a woman desperately in love with an Indian 'please shashi dont make me go I pleaded and begged I love you Shashi'(sic)," she added.
"Leave us Indians alone and stop talking to my huband and pleading with him its digrading respect yourself as a women (sic)," Sunanda added.
However, she told CNN-IBN that there is "no problem between me and my husband". "Mehr Tarar is stalking my husband. Mehr Tarar is an ISI agent. I will ask RAW to look into this. I feel personally targeted by Pakistani journalist," she said.
Meanwhile, Mehr Tarar has reportedly threatened to file a defamation case against Sunanda Tharoor.
How this plays out for Shashi Tharoor is yet to be seen, but Sunanda Pushkar seems to suggest that Tharoor's account may not have been hacked. Accusing a woman of trying to woo her husband, Sunanda has well made the trouble in her paradise evident on Twitter.
Pretty different this is from a similar case in France, where the French President chooses to keep private lives private. "They are painful moments. But I have a principle. It's that private affairs should be handled privately, respecting the intimacy of all. This is neither the place nor the moment to do so," he said when asked about his alleged affair with an actress at a public interaction.