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Khurshid Kasuri's book launch: Sudheendra Kulkarni's face smeared with black paint
Posted on: 12-10-2015 , 01:25:PM | DY365 Bureau

Oct 12, 2015- Opposing the book launch of Pakistan’s former foreign minister Khurshid Kasuri, Shiv Sena activists smeared black paint on the face of Sudheendra Kulkarni, former top Indian diplomat. 
Kulkarni is scheduled to moderate discussions during the launch of Kasuri’s book titled "Neither a hawk, nor a dove-An insider’s account of Pakistan’s foreign policy".
Kulkarni alleged that Shiv Sena workers smeared black paint on his face outside his residence. Shiv Sena had asked the Nehru planetarium in Worli to call off former Pakistani foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri's book launch function. Citing the neighbouring country's support to terrorism as the reason behind the opposition, the party warned that the function will be disrupted if not canceled. The former BJP advisor's face was completely blackened and his clothes, in the colours of the Indian flag, were stained too. Addressing a press conference with Mr Kasuri about two hours later, Mr Kulkarni had not washed up. The show will go on, he vowed, holding up the book along with the Pakistani leader for a preview.
Amid the row, Chief Minister Fadnavis of the BJP reacted warily to the attack. "It's our government's responsibility to provide security to all foreigners, diplomats or dignitaries who are allowed on proper Visa. But this doesn't mean that we endorse all views expressed in the programme," Mr Fadnavis told reporters. Meanwhile, according to latest reports  the Shiv Sena has withdrawn its protest against the launch of the book. Defending the action of party activists, senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said "smearing ink is a very mild form of democratic protest. They are so upset about ink. Imagine when our soldiers are killed and their blood is spilled. It is not ink, it is the blood of our soldiers." 



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