On Monday, black oil paint was thrown on the face of Sudheendra Kulkarni, who is organizing book launch event of former Pakistani Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri in Mumbai. Kulkarni has alleged that the attackers belong to Shiv Sena.
Observer Research Foundation (ORF) chairman Mr. Kulkarni said, "Around 10-15 activists of Shiv Sena gheraoed me today morning outside my home. They abused me and called me anti-national and threatened me. They threw black paint on me after abusing me and chanting slogans.”
Immediately after the incident, a press conference was addressed by Mr. Kasuri and Mr. Kulkarni. Mr. Kasuri said that the incident did not look like a "protest" to him.
"I recognise people's right to protest, but what has happened with Sudheendra Kulkarni is not protest," the former Pakistani Minister added, saying that a 'positive mindset' was required.
Meawhile, Mr. Kulkarni said the event would proceed as planned.
Sena justifies act, calls mild attack
As a reaction to the ink attack on Mr. Kulkarni, Sanjay Raut, a senior leader of Shiv Sena, said that, “smearing ink is a very mild form of democratic protest.”
“We don’t know if ink or tar was smeared. Nobody can foretell how public anger will explode,” Raut added.
Moreover, Mr. Raut threatened of protest at the venue of book launch in Mumbai. Earlier, cancellation of a music concert of Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali was forced by Sena. Ghulam Ali was supposed to pay musical tribute to Jagjit Singh, the ghazal maestro.
Book launch will take place as per schedule
Mr. Kasuri is scheduled to launch ‘Neither a Hawk nor a Dove: An Insider’s Account of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy’, his memoir at the Hall of Culture, Nehru Centre. A panel discussion would follow the launch. Historian A.G. Noorani, former Kashmir negotiator and senior journalist Dileep Padgaonkar and actor Naseeruddin Shah are expected to take part according to the schedule.