Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sunanda hails from Bumai village

As Sunanda-Tharoor affair makes news allover and IPL connection adds spice, Reyaz Ahmed tries to trace her Kashmiri originBumai, Sopore: Sunanda Pushkar is in news all over. He reported liaison with minister of state for external affairs, Shashi Tharoor and her stakes in IPL are making big news. But who is Sunanda?Sunanda Pushkar is a Kashmiri girl, hailing from a hamlet Bumai near Sopore in north Kashmir. She is daughter of Lt Col (retd) Pushkar Nath Dass.Though the family has migrated from Bumai way back, their name still resounds all over.Reason - the person who looks after their land and orchards has been nicknamed as Rehman Dass (Dass being the family name of Sunanda).Sunanda was doing her graduation in Arts in Baramulla Women's college in 1990 when militancy erupted across Kashmir valley. Like hundreds of other Pandit families, Sunanda's family too migrated to Jammu.Following their migration, militants allegedly torched their home, remains of which are still visible in vast land belonging to the family.Abdul Rahman, nicknamed as Rehman Dass as he has been taking care of four acres of paddy land and some acres of orchard of the Dass family at Bomai Sopore told Kashmir Images that Sunanda was a talented girl in the village and she would travel to Baramulla every day to receive education at college level. According to Rehman, Sunanda received her early education at Baramulla Army School.Sunanda's first husband was a Kashmiri man who worked for in hotel in Delhi, Rehman said, adding, Following a divorce, Sunanda went to Dubai, where she married again. Her second husband died in an accident in Delhi.Sunanda, who is seen with minister of state for external affairs, Shashi Tharoor at social gatherings, is involved with her own business in Dubai and had been with her parents in Mathura recently.Pertinent to mention here that Sunanda is in news not only for her proximity with Tharoor, who reportedly is going to marry her, but also for her 70 crore rupees stakes in Kochi IPL team, that has generated controversy with BJP training guns on the minister.Sunanda has two brothers, one of whom works for a bank; the other is in the Army. Her father retired from the Army in 1983.

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