Congress MP Shashi Tharoor is not happy with the reaction of Swaraj Kaushal, former Governor of Mizoram and Husband of late Union minister Sushma Swaraj, to the war of words between actors Naseeruddin Shah and Anupam Kher on twitter. Swaraj, in a series of tweets on Thursday, had called Naseeruddin Shah “ungrateful”.
Governor Sahib, is it now anti-national to marry outside your religion? Or to criticise @AnupamPKher? You are entitled to defend a friend, but surely not on the kinds of grounds listed in this unfortunate tweet. https://t.co/9rcls9V1jH
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) January 23, 2020
In his rant to defend Anupam Kher against Naseeruddin Shah, Swaraj Kaushal said, “Mr.Naseeruddin Shah, you are an ungrateful man. This country gave you all the name, fame and money. Yet you are a disillusioned man. You married outside your religion. No one ever said a word. Your brother became Lt.General of the Indian Army. Have you not been given more than an equal opportunity.”
To this, Shashi Tharoor has slammed Swaraj Kaushal saying, “Governor Sahib, is it now anti-national to marry outside your religion? Or to criticise Anupam Kher? You are entitled to defend a friend, but surely not on the kinds of grounds listed in this unfortunate tweet.”
Mr.Naseeruddin Shah : I am one of the contemporaries of Anupam Kher. I have known him for 47 years and more. I was doing my law and @AnupamPKher and @KirronKherBJP were studying theatre under the legendary Director Balwant Gargi. pic.twitter.com/NLjY140k1H
— Governor Swaraj (@governorswaraj) January 22, 2020
The controversy erupted when veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah slammed his colleague Anupam Kher in an interview and dismissed him as “a clown” and “sycophant”. Anupam Kher, too, hit back saying, “The substances you have been consuming for years have taken away your sense of judging what is right and what is not”.
The war of words between the two actors divided opinions on both sides when Swaraj Kaushal, too, joined the conversation and launched a series of tweets in defence of Anupam Kher and his wife and BJP MP Kirron Kher.
He said, “Yet you are unhappy. You speak of apathy and discrimination. When you do all the blabbering, it is your ‘conscience’. When Anupam speaks his pain on being declared homeless in his own country, it is ‘psychophancy’. You are being thankless to the country that gave you everything.”
He also blamed Naseeruddin Shah for his “frustration”.
Swaraj Kaushal said, “Kirron has been twice elected as a Member of Parliament. Anupam is a star in his own right. Look at his response. It is that of a gentleman. When you spoke, you looked small and petty. Suffice it to say that your anger is your frustration.”