Unfazed by the ink attack, by Shiv Sena activists in Mumbai, the Observer Research Foundation Chairman Sudheendra Kulkarni, will travel to Karachi next week to attend the book launch of former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri’s book.
Kulkarni said, he has accepted Kasuri’s invitation to join the launch of his book Neither a Hawk nor a Dove, in Karachi, on November 2, along with a number of prominent Pakistanis as well as Indians.
The ORF chairman stated this at a panel discussion during the Tata Literature Live festival, currently on in Mumbai. Both Kasuri, who was in Delhi earlier this month in connection with his book launch, and Kulkarni, who had invited him to launch his book in Mumbai, were repeatedly warned by Shiv Sena to cancel the event. However, they refused to bow down to this pressure, and did not give in to the Sena threats.
It may be recalled that hours before the launch of Kasuri’s book in Mumbai, organiser Sudheendra Kulkarni was attacked with ink by activists of the Shiv Sena, who wanted the event cancelled. But the Maharashtra government took a hard stand, and Kulkarani insisted that the show must go on. The event went off smoothly. The ink attack by Sena activists saw all round condemnation cutting across party lines and brought to the fore the growing intolerance.
The Shiv Sena had vehemently opposed the event and threatened to disrupt it. Prior to it, the Sena had also forced the cancellation of Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali’s concert in Mumbai. Kulkarani by his visit to Pakistan, it seems, is all set to take on Sena again.