The Supreme Court (SC) has analysed section 113B of the Evidence Act with, “If it is found that the husband had harassed the woman for dowry, or treated her cruelly, the court shall presume that he had caused her death.
But Shashi Tharoor doesn’t belong to the ‘cattle class’. A husband belonging to ‘cattle class’ may find himself behind bars and his family may face harassment for years but Shashi Tharoor belongs to different class, the ruling class.
Besides retaining his portfolio, Shashi has even been appointed one of the spokesperson of Congress Party and the mysterious death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar-Tharoor slowly gets pushed into inside pages of newspapers.
Domestic violence, a politically soft term for ‘wife beating’ has certainly played a role in Sunanda Pushkar-Tharoor’s death. Shashi Tharoor’s version doesn’t match with the statements given by his staff and the injuries on her person points to domestic violence.
In fact, more details have emerged in Sunanda Pushkar case. The ‘few injuries’, ‘not related to her death’ are over a dozen on both her hands and arms and a ‘minor bruise’ caused by a ‘blunt force’ on her cheek.
There are witnesses, including Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari, who have confirmed that the couple fought bitterly for 72 hours – most of the time in public. They were fighting over Shashi’s ‘affair’ with Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar. Sunanda had obviously hijacked her husband’s e-mail and twitter accounts, had come across the incriminating tweets and mails. She posted some more on his account and created a mini-scandal.
She took the fight to Mehr Tarar, accused her of being a Pak Spy – an allegation that could have cost a Minister in any other country his job – and scheduled a talk with several TV channels.
All hell broke loose!
The marriage of convenience
In an obvious reference to IPL controversy, Sunanda also talked about taking ‘the crimes of her husband on her head’. Marriage itself seems a part of ‘cover-up’.
Even as the film stars do their nautanki – like Salman Khan gets just 10 percent of his income and that he signed his first cheque 5 months ago (as credible as his claim of being a ‘virgin’ at 48) – and we just smile at the half truths and pretty lies that is an inevitable part of Bollywood, a rather sinister aspect of Bollywood lies goes unnoticed.
Everything about Bollywood is as fake as a six hundred rupee note featuring Madhubala in front. But this here is the story of intentional lies, fraud, tax evasion and perhaps violation of FEMA (Foreign Exchange Management Act).
First the shocker and then my story.
The shocker: With visible pride YR films announced last week that their Aamir Khan-starrer Dhoom3 created Bollywood history with gross box office collections that touched a never heard figure of Rs 500 crore worldwide, a first for any Indian film.
But YR films have paid only Rs 5.5 crore as advance tax! And when the dust settles down they would pay, may be, another 5 crore, employing what is described as ‘Bollywood accounting’.
It is the same with the entertainment tax.
It has been a boom time for Bollywood with the growth of multiplexes. 3 Idiots collected Rs 227.13 crore
Krrish3 made 300 Rs crore though an over enthusiastic Rakesh Roshan claimed the collections to be Rs 500 crore!
Shah Rukh Khan claimed that his ‘Chennai Express’ had broken the record of !3 Idiots’.
Dear Ms Tina Ambani,
You are the wife of Anil Ambani the Chairman of Reliance Energy Limited. I thought of appealing to you rather than to your husband as Geeta Nirupam is also on hunger strike along with Sanjay Nirupam.
The wife can always influence the husband’s decision.
The entire country, cutting across the party lines, has woken up to #corruption which, directly or indirectly, has added to inflation.
This disease of over-charging is like adrak ke panje. Reliance Energy over-charges for #power and that adds to the cost of running a home. It also adds to the cost of manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers and further adds to the house expenses.
You are an artist and an actress, and therefore I look for sensitivity in you. It is your sensitivity and creativity that made you start #harmony and also got you into encouraging the artistes and painters.
Today, you are the bahu of the richest family of India but you once belonged to the middle class family of Munims and lived in Mumbai’s western suburb Khar.
Congress Member pf Parliament Shri Sanjay Nirupam is on hunger strike., demanding a reduction in power charges.
Besides being a politician, Sanjay is a writer and editor. I respect him for that.
He is not fasting for himself. He is doing it as he has seen the problems people face. He has sensed the anger of the people. He is only a reflection of this rage, a representative of those people in parliament.
I too am a journalist-turned-author.
I request you to prevail on your husband Mr Anil Ambani to reduce the power charges. It is important to reduce inflation. It is urgently required…lest our people rise in anger.
I’m sure you’ll not ignore this appeal.