Sunanda Pushkar remained an enigma for Indians even after her death. There are hundreds of unanswered questions about her. Even her death is still considered mysterious after three long years. She was a bright spot on the stupendous success story of Shashi Tharoor. However, her death left a deep scar on the personality of Mr. Tharoor. There are many who firmly believe that Shashi Tharoor was directly involved in the death of Sunanda and that her ending was a cold blooded murder rather than a suicide case.
Profile of Sunanda Pushkar
Sunanda was born on 27th June, 1962. She belongs to a Kashmiri Pandit family. Her father Mr. Pushkar Dass was a Lt. Colonel in the Indian Army. She had seen the rise of militancy very closely. Her family somehow survived the attack on her home and fled to Jammu in 1990.
Sunanda had studied from the prestigious Government’s Women College, Srinagar. This was one of the best colleges for women in India till 1990s until militants ruined the educational environment of the beautiful city. She was also the President of her College.
Husbands of Sunanda Pushkar
While studying in college, she met a handsome guy named Sanjay Raina, who was also a Kashmri Pandit and was a Hotel Management Graduate. They got married in 1986. However, just after two years, Sunanda decided to come out of that marriage because of some serious personal issue. The divorce had broken her. At that time, her brother who was working in Dubai asked her to come there with a job offer. Sunanda went Dubai in 1989 and started an Event Mangement business. That was a success and very soon Sunanda became a popular name in the powerful circle of Arab world and India. She had organized many successful model shows. She met Sujith Menon while working on a project and they fell for each other. Sunanda and Sujith got married in 1991 and the couple had a son.
Sujith returned to Indian after few years and died in a road accident in 1997. Sunanda continued to run her businesses from Dubai. However, she had already become a member of powerful circle of Lutyen’s circle.
Sunanda met Shashi Tharoor in 2009. At that time, both of them were single after getting married twice. Shashi Tharoor had become a popular name in India because of his attempt to become the Security General of the UN. They started to see each other and decided to get married once Shashi Tharoor became an MP.
Sunanda had posted some tweets of Mehr Tarar, a Pakistani journalist, on Shashi Tharoor Twitter handle. She openly told that Mehr is stalking her husband. She further stated that Mehr is an ISI agent. The episode happened on January 15th, 2014.
Sunanda was found dead on 17th January, 2014. Obviously, the name of Shashi Tharoor and Mehr Tarar figured in the investigation. Mr. Tharoor was a minister at that time and he was living in a suite in Leela Hotel with Sunanda. He was attending a program in Tal Katora Stadium and returned hotel in the evening only to find Sunanda dead. Delhi Police initially termed it as a suicide. However, AIIMS doctor who had done autopsy alleged that he was pressurized to term the death as a suicide. An FIR was registered by Delhi Police in 2015 terming it a murder.
There are also some startling revelations coming out. Arnab Goswami led Republic TV has shown that Shashi Tharoor was constantly in touch with his right hand man Narayan and giving instructions about Sunanda. Further, there are some proofs which say that Shashi had also come to the hotel in the middle of the event at Tal Katora Stadium. But, the most shocking stuff is the fact that Sunanda body was taken to Room Number 345 from 307. It means she died or murdered in 307 and later her body was taken to a different room so that the environment of suicide can be created at ease.
Modi Government is reluctant to let CBI investigate this case. It is very unlikely that Sunanda Pushkar will ever get justice.