Today former BJP national executive member and a former aide to both LK Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee was attacked with black ink by Shiv Sainiks. Twitter was abuzz with the news and Sudheendra Kulkarni was trending nationally and internationally with his black faced pictures flooded all over the internet.
Certainly this wasn’t the kind of publicity he was expecting for the book of former Pakistani minister Khursheed Kasuri. Thanks to the ink-gate, now every Indian knows that Kasuri has written a book.
Rajdeep Sardesai also took to twitter to express his views about the incident and tweeted an open letter to Aaditya Thackeray. His letter has scathingly criticised the coward act by Shiv Sena and and how Shiv Sena has spared no opportunity to spread the propaganda of hate politics.
“I must confess that much like the Sena is angry with the invite to Kasuri, I am angry with the Sena, although I am not surprised. After all, Kulkarni is not the first public figure you have attacked, he probably won’t be the last.” He wrote in his open letter.
Obviously the letter did not go down well with Shiv Sena and with in hours Aaditya Thackeray tweeted the response to Rajdeep Sardesai’s open letter. And yes, it was full of fireworks.
“Lets not forget every terrorist attack, the train blasts, the 26/11 attacks (which I escaped unhurt narrowly, from our very own college mentioned as I was rehearsing on a play we were working on), and many more in the Valley that we wake up to, every day and every month,”
Aaditya Thackeray has tried to justify the incident, by drawing a parallel between the warm hospitality Pakistani guests enjoy in India and state sponsored terrorism by Pakistan across the border. He justified the ink-gate by stating Pakistan’s repeated betrayals and innocent lives it has cost us at different terror strikes.
After reading their open letters, there are some questions which Aaditya Thackeray should answer:
Who gave Visa to Khursheed Kasuri? Indian embassy..right? Being a key ally of the BJP in Maharashtra and in centre, why don’t you protested against BJP for awarding Pakistanis Visas to have their programs in India?
Who gave the permission to have the event in Maharashtra? Maharashtra government..right? And you are in the government…right? Why didn’t you made sure that the permissions are not given for such ‘anti national’ activities in a state governed by you? Or you have no idea about the kind of permissions your government is giving these days?
Do you think, its a good idea to take the law in your own hands and break it into pieces when you are supposed to keep law and order of the state being in power?
If you really are so concerned about the killings of soldiers by Pakistan sponsored terrorism, why don’t you launch a nationwide agitation against the BJP for failing to stop cross border terrorism and showing Pakistan its place?
If you really think that throwing black paint (a non-violent act according to you) is what every Indian will relate to as a mark of protest then you are absolutely wrong Aaditya.
Being an Indian and deeply disgusted by Pakistan’s sponsored terrorism, I am also not so fascinated by the idea of calling and serving Pakistani politicians, but I still feel, if they have the visa then they have all the right to come and stay safe. Because, after all, we are India and not Pakistan.