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MUMBAI (Web Desk) – Arshi Khan has started a protest on Twitter with a barrage of tweets against the Shiv Sena’s “dastardly and cowardly act” of smearing the Observer Research Foundation chairman’s face with black ink.


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Daring the Shiv Sena she tweeted: “I am pro-Pakistan, which sainik wants to splash ink on my face”.

Sudheendra Kulkarni, suffered an ink attack on yesterday ahead of the launch of “Neither a Hawk Nor a Dove: An Insider’s Account of Pakistan’s Foreign Relations” authored by former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri.

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News reports quoted Kulkarni as saying that he was attacked by members of the Shiv Sena, which has opposed the event and has threatened to disrupt it.

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Kulkarni, in an interview with Times Now, said that the incident took place when he was getting into his car, when a group of Shiv Sainiks approached him. The Sena members asked him why he was going ahead with the event even though they told him to cancel it, he was reported as saying.

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“They threatened me and then smeared my face with black paint, saying ‘khabardar’ (beware),” Kulkarni said. “We won’t be cowed down by such events and the book launch will happen as planned,” the organiser said.

On Sunday night, Kulkarni had met Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, but said that he did not get any assurances from him. He was reported to have said that the event would go on despite the threat.  


This comes close on the heels of the cancellation of a concert by Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali after threats from the film-wing of the Shiv Sena.

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“We are completely against any form of cultural ties with Pakistan. The country is against us and kills our soldiers, so there’s no point why we should let their singer perform here. If the concert is not called off, we will protest in our own style,” a member of the Chitrapat Sena, was quoted as saying.

Arshi Khan also criticised the Shiv Sena’s stand against ghazal singer Ghulam Ali, saying art, literature and music has no boundaries and political issues should not hamper exchange of artistes and culture.

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In a press release she said: “Indians and Pakistanis are brothers and sisters. There is so much cultural and ethnic similarity between the two nations. Instead of fighting with each other, we should combine forces and rule the world”.

Arshi also opined that all problems between the two nations were created by politicians and political parties for their own personal gain and only to win elections.