Protesting against the book launch of the former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri in Mumbai, the Shiv Sainiks smeared black ink on Sudheendra Kulkarni, who was organising the event in the city on Monday. Earlier too he was warned by the Shiv Sena not to organise or invite the former politician to launch his book ‘Neither a Hawk nor a Dove: An Insider’s Account of Pakistan’s Foreign Policy’. This is the second time in a week that Shiv Sena has done something ridiculous in order to show their protest against Pakistan, the first one was the protest in which gazal maestro Ghulam Ali’s concert was being called off.
In the morning Kulkarni was heckled, smeared with black ink by allegedly Shiv Saniks for committing an act which is perceived as a major crime by the Hindutva group: inviting a Pakistani dignitary. The incident took place when Kulkarni was leaving for the book launch and was gheraoed by the party people outside his building. He was then asked to get out of his car and after that black ink was smeared upon him. The whole thing was captured in the CCTV footage. (ALSO READ: Sudheendra Kulkarni assault: It is time to stop Shiv Sena brand of politics)
The treatment meted out to Kulkarni exposes the fact that Shiv Sena considers itself beyond the law when it comes to Maharashtra. Instead of expressing regret over the fanatic display of resentment by his party workers, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said, “They (Shiv Sainiks) smeared the organizers with black ink. It was a very mild reaction. This is nothing compared to what will be done if the event is not called off. We cannot tolerate a Pakistani dignitary on our soil when our soldiers are killed on the borders.” The opposition as well as senior leaders have condemned the whole incident and sought action against the miscreants. Watch the video.