Sena attack on Kulkarni widely condemned, cause for concern: Advani

New Delhi (PTI): The paint attack on BJP’s former strategist Sudheendra Kulkarni was today roundly condemned by political parties with its stalwart L K Advani saying it reflected “growing intolerance” in the country that is cause for concern and Congress dubbing Shiv Sena as “Desi Taliban.”

L K Advani. PTI file photo

As condemnation of the attack by Sena activists poured in from across the country including from the civil society, the Centre voiced its disapproval calling it “unjust.”

“I strongly condemn whosoever has done it…. In the last few days, there are these signs…where any person or any point of view is not acceptable, then you resort to violence or turn intolerant towards them.

“This is a matter of concern for the nation. Democracy must ensure tolerance for a different point of view,” Advani said, shortly after Sena activists smeared black paint on Kulkarni over his refusal to cancel the book launch function of former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri in Mumbai. Kulkarni is a former close aide of Advani.

In a veiled message to Shiv Sena, a key ally of BJP, the former deputy prime minister said, “at least those who are involved with us should work to strengthen democracy and not encourage such acts of violence and disown them.”

“But whosoever has done it, has besmirched the good name of the country.”

In a series of tweets, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh said Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray must control his “goons.”

“Such Intolerance in India can’t be tolerated. First Ghulam Ali concert and now Kasuri’s book launch. We don’t want a Desi Taliban in India,” he said.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi claimed incidents of “intolerance” have risen over the last 18 months after the BJP came to power.

Another party spokesman Sanjay Jha said, “Black paint is not on @SudheenKulkarni’s face, but a dark blot on Indian democracy. The forces of fascism are flying high.”

Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in a democracy everyone has a right to agree or disagree but this type of protest is not justified as it is against the very core of our democratic values.

Another Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said everyone has the freedom to protest but not physically harm anyone.

“Sabhya samaj main virodh karne ka tarika hote hain (There are ways to protest in a civilised society). Our Constitution allows us to hold protest in a proper manner…One should only lodge protest under the law and this will act to strengthen our democracy,” he said.

CPI (M) targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the incident, saying the top BJP leader’s ‘Make in India’ initiative is nothing but ‘Breaking India’ campaign.

“Modi model is not #MakeInIndia but breaking in India & pillars r competitive communalism, intolerance & misogyny and Casteism,” tweeted CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat.

CPI leader D Raja said that Sena’s actions were “highly deplorable”.

Former Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao asked, “Where is my India? Anguished and ashamed. I am sure Gandhiji is weeping. Tears in Heaven.”

“Let us be a grown-up nation. Let us put away intolerance. Cry, the beloved country,” she added.

11 Comments

  1. The word “democracy” is not fit to use at the current deplorable situation of India. This is a total anarchy and disorder. The great Hindu religion, which is a way of life with great tolerance was skyjacked by the politicians as a political spade card, thus divided the nation completely.

    The previous Central Government administrations were not corruption-free; but the people of India of various religious and political background could live in peace enjoying their fundamental rights; but now the fundamental rights burning process has been shifted from the smoking pyre to the burning pyre by the 2nd year of the BJP administration in New Delhi. In this trend, wait for the massive inflow of FDI into India and the paradise creation in India. The BJP Government would be listed as the joke of the 21st century.

    • A. S. Mathew – “In this trend, wait for the massive inflow of FDI into India and the paradise creation in India.”

      PARADISE IS RULED BY GOD AND NOT SATAN.

      INDIA IS RULED BY MODI AND RSS!

      HOW COME YOU THINK OF ANY PARADISE IN INDIA?

  2. Dear readers,

    Is Modi’s India heading for another emergency feared by Pakistani born LK Advani?

    Sadly Kulkarni who drafted the strategy of BJP now being smeared by its own Hindutva coalition partner both in state and center.

    Why didn’t this appa-maga party vent their anger to protest Pakistan when countries premier is laid red carpet in PM Modi’s swearing ceremony?

    How did Shiv sena swallowed hard meal when Ved pratap vaidik a Ramdev’s Aide meeting 26/11 Mastermind Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan?

    Jai Hind

  3. Desi Taliban? Seriously? Pouring a bottle of ink over someone is same as Taliban? Here in US, there are some groups who do a similar things (look up ‘glitter attack’) as political protest. Are they also Taliban? What a joke!!

    I am not here to defend the actions of ink-attack. In fact, as an unapologetic supporter of free thinking, I’ve made my views abundantly clear on this topic. But, to compare this act to taliban who used to stone and behead people in soccer stadium is really unfortunate. One has to wonder why Congress and its supporters like AS Mathews are busy drawing false moral equivalency between Shiva Sena and Taalibaan!! Are they trying to dilute the heinous nature of terror acts by Taliban? If so, are they doing it to please and court those groups who secretly sympathize with these true terror groups? Well, these are all the questions one would unfortunately get after seeing a disproportionate reaction by Congress.

    • Original R.Pai condemns Congress saying, “But, to compare this act to taliban who used to stone and behead people in soccer stadium is really unfortunate. One has to wonder why Congress and its supporters like AS Mathews are busy drawing false moral equivalency between Shiva Sena and Taalibaan!!”

      CONGRESS, DO NOT TALK ILL ABOUT SHIV SENA OR RSS TILL THEY BEHEAD THEIR OPPONENTS LIKE CONGRESS PRESIDENT SONIA GANDHI OR ITS VICE PRESIDENT RAHUL GANDHI!

      TILL THEN THEY ARE NOT HINDU TALIBAN!!

      WAIT AND WATCH FOR THAT DAY, MAY BE SOONER THAN THE VOTARIES OF NARENDRA MODI EVER THOUGHT OF!!!

      • One can easily ignore Pincode Pai’s laughable use of ‘future crimes’ to justify low standards of politics as just another manifestation of his delusional mind!! However, his shameless description of those ‘imaginary’ crimes with specific references to individuals is far beyond a delusional mind. It confirms the level of sickness he has been living with!! Very depressing indeed!

    • Pouring a bottle of ink over someone is same as Taliban? – Mr. RampaNNA

      Err, Herr Joker Rampa – was that ಕೇವಲ a ಬಾಟ್ಲಿ of ಶಾಯಿ on ಸುಧೀಂದ್ರ ಕುಲ್ಕರ್ಣೀ? He looks like he has been tarred prior to feathering!

      ALL media says that it was ಪೈಂಟ್ – Berger, Hempel… not established as yet! (And I sincerely hope and pray that the sample does not end up in some ‘testing lab’ in Mathura – of all the places!)

      Ref: http://www.ndtv.com/blog/in-mathura-stony-silence-at-a-lab-that-tests-for-beef-1229187

      http://www.ibnlive.com/news/india/dadri-lynching-forensic-test-proves-meat-found-in-akhlaqs-house-was-mutton-not-beef-say-sources-1149385.html

      http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/dadri-lynching-meat-in-akhlaqs-house-was-mutton-not-beef_1807863.html

      And oh, I’m sure that BOTH you and I never knew that we had illustrious painters/artists in the BJP’s partner in polytricks – the Shiv Sena! People on par with Rembrandt, Monet, V V Gogh, Picasso, Renoir, Rubens, Modigliani et al. At most, they look and speak like they can thrash up anybody who does not pay ‘Hafta’.

      Sabka saath sabka VIKAS!
      Jai Rampu Ki
      Jai Mono Ki

    • In fact, as an unapologetic supporter of free thinking, I’ve made my views abundantly clear on this topic. – RampaNNA

      So, Sir Rampa’ji… when will YOU turn in your Sahitya Akademi award? I mean – YOUR “free thinking” posts (Jokes) have made worldwide news esp at a time when your Monogram Modi (aka – Mono) is mono (ಕೊಂಕಣಿ ರೇ Rampa). At least – some time before Xmas 2015? Or, are you waiting for the Fracking to go kaput? JUST because the OPEC (Saudi) has you’ll rolled over a BARREL of Oil? And boy! Haven’t you’ll been to Aadu Jeevitham, all this time? Hahahahahhaha. Lol!

      Am I abundantly clear now? 🙂

      Say, tell us something new – like Rampa Jevitham.

  4. But, to compare this act to taliban who used to stone and behead people in soccer stadium is really unfortunate. -Atheist Mr.Original Pai

    Sir, Is ‘Saffron terror’ led by Baghwa terror organization under the ‘social organisation’ tag is any less threat to India? How does your google search engine didn’t fetch the result from youtube openly confessing the Gujarat pogrom led your Pradhan sevak in his own words from criminal Babu bajrangi?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFZBNUnG5pI

    The ‘desi Taliban’ in saffron robe is more serious threat than outside threat.If Taliban destroyed ‘Buddha’ statue in Bamiyan they did in in Ayodhya. Taliban may have born post Najeebullah death.But RSS is unleashing the terror since 1928 and continued to date.

    Why the ‘social organisation’ needs weapons training in military style?Is RSS has special rights under the constitution to display them in public?Did they respect national flag,national anthem and Mahatma Gandhi ?

    Jai Hind

  5. See how our Taqiyya expert Sharia Shaikh tries to spin things and provide a cover for one of the nastiest organizations – Talibaan!! In his mind, corrupted by tribal fantasies, RSS is worse than Taliban!! I have no doubt that he also thinks that Doddanna, Israel and Indian Army are more dangerous than Taliban!! Remember – this guy has repeatedly shown his true colors on this forum by refusing to denounce the terrorism sponsored by Pakistan. He would never utter a word against his ‘umma’ as he is loyal to Saudi based salafist movement. He won’t sing ‘vande mataram’. He won’t respect ‘bharatha maata’. He won’t even say if he respects sanaathana gods!! As I have said many times on this forum, his ‘jai hind’ is an infantile act to fool himself!! We all know what he really thinks and what he really wants!! smiles…

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