There are two ways to look at the events of black Monday as it is being called. The first is that the Sena's goons who descended on former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee's close aide Sudheendra Kulkarni this morning and blackened his face led an assault on India's democracy and its inherent culture of tolerance. The other view is that the antics of the Sena's goons were a timely attempt at preventing a former Pakistan minister who has colluded with the deep state in Pakistan to bleed India from making a tidy profit by flogging the Propoganda in his book to unsuspecting Indians.
Unfortunately, the Sena's representatives who rode rough shod over all laws ended up heightening interest in Kasuri's book and also gave him an opportunity to preach to India the varied virtues of democracy and tolerance. This is what stings the most. Kasuri is being allowed to get away with an intellectual fraud. Indeed, the Pak foreign minister who made a career out of colluding with a dictator and the chief architect of Kargil is the last person who should be sitting in judgement of India's democratic credentials. A press conference by the Sena countering Kasuri point-by-point would have been more helpful in exposing the man and his tall claims. NewsX embarked on the latter option. We critically evaluated Mr Kasuri's career and his claims.