Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Lal Krishna Advani, on 12 October, has condemned the attack wherein black paint was smeared on former diplomat Sudheendra Kulkarni’s face, allegedly by Shiv Sena activists.
“We have seen a rise in intolerance in the society. Such a trend is not only harmful, but is against the tenets of democracy,” said Advani. “I condemn the incident whosoever person or organisation must have done it.”
The attackers were protesting against the book launch this evening by Pakistan’s former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri.
Resently, the Shiv Sena had asked the officials of the Nehru Planetarium, the venue for the book launch, to call off the function. The Shiv Sena had even warned the event will be disrupted if it isn’t cancelled because of Pakistan’s support for terrorism.
Kulkarni, who is scheduled to moderate a discussion at the launch of “Neither a Hawk, nor a Dove” said, “Despite this, today’s event will take place. Let’s have a good interaction with Kasuri.”
Kasuri told media, “I know there are people in Pakistan and India who do not want good relations between the two nations.I have seen how quickly it’s possible to change peoples’ perceptions with mere conversations.”
Meanwhile, senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said, “I cannot imagine why any political party should oppose a book launch. Why should we object to a book launch. I attended Kasuri’s book launch in Delhi. It’s a question of bilateral relations with Pakistan. There are better ways of expressing one’s views.”
BJP spokesperson, Maharashtra, Madhav Bhandari, said the BJP would look into the incident and take appropriate action against the guilty persons.