Nothing gets social media more excited than a good scandal. And when the scandal unfolds on social media itself, well that's just icing on an already delicious cake.
So when it was revealed that the frankly bizarre tweets on Shashi Tharoor's timeline yesterday, which broadcast clearly personal tweets he had received from Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar (@mehrtarar I love you, Shashi Tharoor. And I go while in love with you, irrevocably, irreversibly, hamesha. Bleeding, but always your Mehr) had been sent by his wife Sunanda Pushkar, Twitter metaphorically lost its mind.
The tweets on Tharoor's Timeline have been deleted, but screengrabs are still doing the rounds on Twitter. Since then, Pushkar has admitted that it was she who sent out the tweets, and Tarar has responded saying that Pushkar is 'out of her mind'.
Here for your reading convenience (and enjoyment) is a tweet timeline of exactly what went down:
Update: Mehr Tarar has since gone on a bit of a rampage. Here are the tweets:
Have just been approached by an Indian ch 2 respond. Said what I had to. They want it on camera;not doing it.DIRT doesn't deserve a response
For a woman to trash another woman linking her w/her husband is the lowest form of sickness ever. It's nauseous. No respect for her marriage
So I 'stalk' on bbm and phone. The last I checked it was a two-way thing, or maybe technology changed while I 'stalked'?
The blonde's aqal is weaker thn her grammar & spellings.From an 'affair' it has become 'stalking'..make up yr mind, darlin'.Which one is it?
The Tharoor tweets:
@mehrtarar I love you, Shashi Tharoor. And I go while in love with you, irrevocably, irreversibly, hamesha. Bleeding, but always your Mehr,
Shashi. I'm not crying any more. I'm not falling to pieces. I'm more lucid than ever. How little I knew you became visible to me.@mehrtarar
You unfollowed me. You don't RT me and you don't answer me on twitter. I can live with your favourites. I have your personal validation have your personal validation of my words, I don't need any public one. For that I will wait until we are together publically really mehr
Pushkar's statement to Economic Times:
"Our accounts have not been hacked and I have been sending out these tweets. I cannot tolerate this. This is a Pakistani woman who is an ISI (Inter Services Intelligence) agent, and she is stalking my husband. And you know how men are. He is flattered by the attention. I took upon myself the crimes of this man during IPL (Indian Premier League). I will not allow this to be done to me. I just can't tolerate this. I have nothing more to say," she said, speaking on the phone.
@prasanto @MehrTarar indians who have dignity unfollow her or are there no ppl in pakistan who R desperate 4 husbands of other women SHAME
@MehrTarar the audacity of a woman desperaely in love with an Indian "please shashi dont make me go i pleaded and begged i love u Shashi "
@MehrTarar leave us Indians alone and stop talking to my huband and pleading with him its digrading respect youself as a women
its funny on a election yr ppl want to bring down an MPusing a Paki journo who has lost her job and tries with everyone including with Omar
Or perhaps to build up twitter followers thats a cheap thing 2 do ask the Pakistanis what they think of her & yes 20 calls a day is stalking
for her information Shashi an& I are very happy together sad for her to know i guess i get sick and go away 4 treatment &the vultures pounce
Mehr Tarar responds:
I have nothing to say to a woman clearly out of her mind. To be called an ISI agent, a stalker..I have nothing to add. Just shows who she is
I'm not avoiding answering any of u. I just consider it beneath me 2 respond 2 personal attacks on me here.Not a Jerry Springer-reality show
I interviewed 2 politicians in India;Apr,Dec.Hv them on tape.Doing a show on Business+ nxt mth..And I'm a mother.Trashing me w/ ISI..grow up
And Twitter reacts:
@BolshoyBooze: Its a Three way battle between Shashi Tharoor, Sunanda Pushkar and Mehr Tarar. First one to join AAP wins.
@sidvee: Now all that remains is for Sunanda Pushkar to hack Suresh Raina's nephew's account
@Purba_Ray: Sunanda Pushkar's grammar and typos are scarier than her temper.
@YograjCS: Dear Internet Hindus, Yes we got to sympathize with Sunanda Pushkar ji. Par Shashi Tharoor ji ka to record hi aisa raha hai 😛