Former Supreme Court judge, Justice Markendey Katju, may have compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to 13th-century Arab traveller Ibn Battutah for his frequent foreign visits, but former BJP member Sudheendra Kulkarni thinks otherwise.
"In my talk at Pakistan HC yday, I disagreed with the criticism of PM Modi's foreign visits, which 're raising India's profile globally, (sic)" he tweeted.
Kulkarni, chairman of the Observer Research Foundation also pitched for Modi's visit to Pakistan, saying it would improve ties with the neighbouring country.
He made the suggestion at an event organised by the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi on Friday.
"PM Modi should visit Pakistan. It'll improve ties & make Islamabad SAARC Summit 2016 a success, (sic)" he tweeted.
It may be recalled that Kulkarni was humiliated by BJP ally Shiv Sena, whose activists smeared smeared his face with black ink on 12 October in protest against his attending the book-launch event of a former Pakistani politican's in Mumbai.
Kulkarni was in Mumbai that day to launch former Pakistan foreign minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri's book, titled "'Neither a Hawk nor a Dove: An Insider's Account of Pakistan's Foreign Policy".
One of his tweets is likely to trigger a controversy, in which, Kulkarni, after thanking Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit for inviting him, vouched for peace between the two nations, which is at variance with the Modi government's aggressive policies.
— Sudheendra Kulkarni (@SudheenKulkarni) November 27, 2015
In his blog, Justice Katju had mocked at Modi for his frequent visits abroad, and compared him to Roman emperor Nero.
"Our modern Nero prefers travelling to fiddling, while India burns. He is just back from Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, but he is all set to visit Paris. Ibn Batuta must be turning in his grave to see his record being shattered," he had written.
Modi is set to visit Paris to attend the climate summit (conference of parties - COP21) on 30 November.