Whatever the report of the postmortem might say about the death of Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor, I think I speak for millions of people when I say that a general feeling of gloom and unfathomable misery has descended onto the country. Even the Gods sitting in Heaven seem to be crying at this loss.
This lively and lovely couple Shashi Tharoor and Sunanda Pushkar had become the eye-candy of India’s otherwise serious political scenario, ever since the IPL controversy brought their relationship to the front pages of newspapers and magazines. When Lalit Modi raised questions about the legitimacy or legality of the Kochi franchise jointly owned by Shashi Tharoor and his then girlfriend Sunanda, Shashi Tharoor did the unthinkable, at least in India.
He resigned from the Union Ministry where he had been inducted at the instance of 10, Janpath because his priorities were quite clear.
Unlike most journalists who boast of having known both the media savvy Tharoor and his socialite wife Sunanda, I had never met them or ever seen them at close quarters to become so enamoured by them. But whenever I saw the pictures of this lovely couple in newspapers and magazines, and read about them, I felt happy for the kind of honesty and commitment they brought to the staid political discourse.
I was reminded about an article I had read in a magazine comparing Lord Krishna and Lord Rama. The writer posed a hypothetical question- how would have Krishna reacted if a ‘dhobi‘ had cast aspersions on his wife just because she had been kidnapped by Ravana and lived in his Vatika till she was rescued by Ram’s army? In a beautiful analysis I never tire of telling people, the writer said that had someone raised an issue about Radha’s character Krishna would have renounced his throne and eloped with Radha to a place where they could have lived like ordinary citizens. He explained that this was in character with Krishna’s persona because he was known to perform leelas, unlike Ram who had to behave in a particular way because he was known as Marayada Purushottam Ram- the ideal son, ideal brother, ideal king.
In the colourful rainbow’s strange ways/A hundred blacks, a thousand greys. Sunanda Pushkar RIP
— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) January 17, 2014
One cannot question mythology in this country but nothing can stop us from appreciating something that is pleasant and makes one happy. This love story did precisely that to the Indian psyche and both the Modis- Lalit and Narendra Modi who tried to mock them were looked at as villains by the people at large till the murky happenings of last week changed all that.
But as I said, without going into the crime angle, if any, in the very tragic developments engulfing one of India’s most beautiful poster couples, I, like millions in the country am very saddened that this love story ended this way.
By Amitabh Srivastava