Speaking to a TV news channel for the first time after his wife's death, Tharoor said he wasn't allowed to grieve despite a massive personal loss. "It has been painful five weeks. Sunanda's loss has taken a severe toll emotionally. Sunanda's son and father had stood by me... (but) we were not allowed to grieve in peace," said Tharoor.
"I was not happy when some things were said in public...but past is past now. The BJP cannot understand my pain. No social media foot soldier has the right to judge my bereavement," said Tharoor, claiming that some people were trying to derive political mileage out of his personal tragedy. He hit out at BJP leader Subramanian Swamy for claiming Sunanda was murdered.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>From belly upwards Sunanda had horrific injuries. Her nostrils were squeezed to open her mouth to administer Russian poison.</p>— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) <a href="https://twitter.com/Swamy39/statuses/437810718167937024">February 24, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
"Let Swamy produce evidence that Sunanda was murdered. No one in Indian politics takes Swamy seriously," said Tharoor. He expressed his disappointment with the pace of probe into Sunanda's death, adding that he is cooperating with the investigators.
"There's nothing I have to hide... Am cooperating with the investigations fully. But am not happy with the slow pace of the investigation. Hope it ends soon," said the Union minister.
Recalling the tragedy, Tharoor said life without Sunanda is painful for him. "I broke down when all this happened. She was a lovely human being. I miss her everyday. I know what it is to switch off the light all alone in my room knowing she is no more there," said Tharoor.