"I have been labelled a Pakistani agent in Shiv Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana'. I respect their freedom of expression. They should also respect others' freedom of expression," Kulkarni said at a press conference here.
    
The Observer and Research Foundation (ORF) had organised Kasuri's book launch event at Nehru Centre in Worli, Central Mumbai, which took place as scheduled last evening amidst tight security.
    
"When it is said I am a Pakistani agent, I say yes, I am an agent but an agent of peace and will continue to be one," he said.

Asked about the arrest of six persons who allegedly smeared his face black yesterday for organising Kasuri's book launch here, Kulkarni cited, "I am not concerned about their arrest and bail. I have faith in our judiciary."
    
"Ours is a democracy. Freedom of thought and speech is a fundamental thing," Kulkarni said. "ORF is a non-political organisation. I don't want to comment on Sena-BJP ties," he stated.
    
To a question on the performance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kulkarni, who has served as speech writer for BJP veterans Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani, said "From the day he assumed office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has begun efforts to usher in a new beginning in south Asia."

"I am happy that the people of Mumbai appreciated our efforts," Kulkarni stated, and thanked those who attended the book launch in large numbers despite the Shiv Sena threat to disrupt the event.

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