As writer Sudheendra Kulkarni was all set to launch a book written by Pakistan’s former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri on Monday, he was allegedly attacked by some Shiv Sena members outside his home. What was his crime? Well, he was supporting a ‘Pakistani’ with his book launch in India.
Kulkarni, who is one among the organizers that have teamed to release ‘Neither a Hawk nor a Dove: An Insider’s Account of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy’ written by the Former Foreign Minister of Pakistan Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, was ink attacked on Monday. Covered in the black ink spread all over the face, Sudheendra Kulkarni informed media that the attackers were none other but Shiv Sena members who grouped him outside his house for the purpose of the attack. The fearless writer however has stated that he will continue with his effort of launching the book.
Supporting Sudheendra Kulkarni on Monday, the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis came up with his promise of providing full security during the event of the book launch. During the press conference, Sudheendra Kulkarni expressed his gratitude and thanked Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri for visiting Mumbai (even though the situation was tough for him).
Strictly condemning the horrifying act of aggression, Kulkarni said that he will continue with the idea of book release, as he is the host who is both honored and dutiful to protect Mr. Kasuri. He said he also understands Shiv Sena’s concern against terrorism and as a political leader he is also aware of the ‘right to protest’. Kulkarni added that India and Pakistan can resolve their conflicts with the help of dialogues, and even the book release can help the purpose of constructive thought sharing. But anything that crosses the boundaries of peace and falls into the zone of regressive threatening should not be accepted. It is notable that on Sunday eve Kulkarni met Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray for discussing the same issues.
Shiv Sena’s Spokesperson Says “We are Proud of the Sainiks”
Harshal Pradhan, the Spokesperson for Shiv Sena, said that we are proud of the person who attacked Mr. Kulkarni. The party is also planning to carry a protest outside the event venue on Monday. Calling the ink attack a ‘mild reaction’, Shiv Sena warned the writer for adverse effects in future. Just within one month, this has been the second issue where Shiv Sena has threatened to affect any event organized for promoting the Pakistani resident. Early this month, , Shiv Sena curbed Ghazal Ustad Ghulam Ali’s live concert in Mumbai..
The writer of the book, Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, has served Pakistan under the leadership of General Pervez Musharraf as the Foreign Minister. The controversial book was first released in Lahore, followed by a release in New Delhi. The Mumbai launch event of the book was organized by the ‘Observer Research Foundation’ that is led by Kulkarni. The former member of BJP, Kulkarni has been closely associated with Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former PM of India.