Congress MP and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, who often impresses his followers with flawless English, was trolled for wishing the famous Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib on incorrect birth date. Also, for posting a few lines, which he thought were written by Ghalib. However, Shashi Tharoor, former UN Diplomat and author of several books, admitted his mistake after his tweet on 220th birthday of Mirza Ghalib triggered a row. He wrote, “Ghalib is an all-time favourite, but today is not his birthday. I was misinformed. Relish the lines anyway!”
It was not just one mistake! The famous poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar commented on Shashi Tharoor’s post and said these lines used in the post were not by Ghalib. “Shashi Ji, whoever has given you these lines should never be trusted again. It is obvious that someone had planted these lines in your repertoire to sabotage your literary credibility”, Javed responded to Tharoor’s tweet.
Take a look at the post below:
Shashi Tharoor was quick to rectify it. He said thanks to Javed Akhtar & other friends and said sorry.
Other people who also commented on Shashi’s thread sharing Mirza Ghalib’s lines were told by Javed Akhtar if they were actually by Ghalib or not.
However, Mirza Ghalib’s birthday is on December 27.