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Sunanda Pushkar's Twitter trail reveals hurt, sense of betrayal

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 18, 2014
First Published: 03:23 IST(18/1/2014) | Last Updated: 16:07 IST(18/1/2014)

No one could have imagined that some random tweets would end with the death of Sunanda Pushkar.

On Wednesday evening, a series of emotional tweets from the Twitter handle of minister and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor created a flutter on the micro blogging site.

They were all directed at Pakistani columnist Mehr Tarar, who had interviewed Tharoor and J-K chief minister Omar Abdullah last year.

Read: Shashi Tharoor's personal life becomes Twitter gossip

As the tweets spread out through social media, Tharoor himself was flying back to Delhi from his constituency in Thiruvananthapuram. When the media contacted his wife, Sunanda Pushkar, it emerged that she had used his handle.

She had chanced upon a series of messages allegedly sent by Tarar to Tharoor.

By the time Tharoor landed in Delhi and discovered the series of damaging tweets, Pushkar had hit out at Tharoor in sharply-worded statements to the press.

Read: Mehr Tarar 'absolutely shocked' at Pushkar's death

Tharoor immediately issued a tweet in clarification, assuming that his account had been hacked. But Pushkar started using her own twitter handle to vent out further damaging details.

A close attention to Pushkar’s twitter feed of the past few days lends a peek into her troubled state of mind and in hindsight, preempts the impending denouement.

An earlier incident in Dubai had been haunting the couple. The local English daily, Khaleej Times, had been mentioned by Tharoor in a clarification issued by him on his Facebook page. It seems the publication had reported adversely about Pushkar and him while they were attending a marriage there.

Read:  Controversies dogged Sunanda right till the end

Soon after the controversy, Pushkar began to put out quotes indicating hurt and betrayal. "A disloyal and dishonest friend is the worst thing that can happenin (sic) in lie. Lovers have a right to betray you, friends don't."

She would tweet again that she "treated everyone as a friend, but if they betray me, that it. They are out of my life in one way or the other".

Read: After Twitter storm, Tharoors say they are still happily married

This would continue for an hour until she pointed out in a response to a tweet that "this is a woman sadly who lied and cheated to get what she wanted(.) Feel sorry for the guy she manipulated (.) Men are so simple."

By Thursday, she and Tarar were locked in a bitter exchange of tweets.  But as people began to heckle her, she stepped back from twitter, emerging hours later, only to tweet a clarification that all the tweets were "unauthorised" and all was fine with their marriage.

Here are the last few tweets by Sunanda:





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