News18's Rising India Summit Day 2 updates: Didn't think nepotism would become a national topic, says Kangana Ranaut

Home Minister Rajnath Singh's address will start proceedings on Day 2 of the 'News18 Rising India' summit, delivering a speech titled 'Rising India: The Challenges Within'.

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News18's Rising India Summit Day 2 updates: Didn't think nepotism would become a national topic, says Kangana Ranaut



Mar 17, 2018 - 20:35 (IST)

Kangana Ranaut on being a nationalist

Kangana Ranaut agreed that artistic realm is different from the physical realm. "But we can't ignore the physical borders. During the ban in India on Pakistan artists, people were emotional.

"The common sentiment is "Humko kya Lena dena, hum toh artist hai(We are artists, why should we care?)". No, you are Indians as well, and your soldiers are dying at the border, you can't talk about that," Ranaut said.

Ranaut hit out at people who have an issue standing up for the National Anthem. "Why are you ashamed of your nation? When Americans stand up to the national anthem, they do it with hands on their heart. Why are we ashamed to do that? I am with my army, with my soldiers and I am a cool youngster if 21st century," she added.

Mar 17, 2018 - 20:18 (IST)

Never had privilege of dumping someone, says Kangana Ranaut

Speaking on Hrithik Roshan controversy, Kangana Ranaut said,"The intention is why should something so unimportant be a mystery. If you guard them with love, they become aura of your life. Why would I guard something that has gone wrong with my life?".

"For me, love is not a physical expression or about intimacy... Love has to be extraordinary; it has to be spiritual," she said. She added that Roshan left her after calling her a "psycho lover" because she was spiritually in love with him.

"I have never had the privilege of dumping someone," she said.

Mar 17, 2018 - 20:00 (IST)

We work on equal opportunities: Kangana Ranaut 

"I'm not an activist, but it was just an observation. My comments on nepotism just acted as catalyst because Karan Johar is a popular person," Kangana Ranaut said.

However, she said that Johar's way of working it the industry should not be interfered with. "We are living in a democratic country. You can’t ask Karan Johar to cast this actor or that actor in his film," she said.

She added: "As an outsider, I have my way. I will say my point and you can't shut me up. Similarly, we can't tell him how to function, it's his way that works for him. We need a balance and we can co-exist."

Mar 17, 2018 - 19:44 (IST)

Nirmala Sitharaman hits out at Congress over accusations on Rafale deal 

"You can go to 10 shops and not buy it at all. How does it matter ir you didn't buy it? None of the negotiations. There are a lot of convenience-based arguments thrown at us, where the actual recognition of process are all happily being ignored," Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said.

"In the past, defence ministers have sought cover under national interest and the BJP didn't interfere. I'm unable to see that level of maturity now," she said.

Mar 17, 2018 - 19:23 (IST)

We have made enough progress in the defence sector, says Nirmala Sitharaman

Asserting that the Centre has made "enough progress" in the defence sector, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, "The emphasis has been one, you want to reduce import of equipment. Two, manufacturing in the country for export and domestic needs. Three, preparedness of the armed forces. We have made rapid progress."

Mar 17, 2018 - 19:00 (IST)

Ayodhya dispute is a matter of faith, no a political issue: Yogi Adityanath

​"Discussion on any matter isn’t bad, but the Ayodhya matter has been discussed numerous times in the past," Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said. "The dispute is not a political issue for us. It is a matter of faith. We are hopeful that the Supreme Court verdict will be in our favour," he said.

Mar 17, 2018 - 18:52 (IST)

Yogi Adityanath slams Rahul Gandhi, says Congress is jealous of NDA govt's achievements

"Four generations ago, Rahul Gandhi's ancestors said they were accidental Hindus. Now, Rahul is visiting temples. This is dramebaazi," Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said.

"Can understand the desperation of Congress. They are jealous of India's achievements under Narendra Modi," he added.

Mar 17, 2018 - 18:46 (IST)

Overconfidence results in BJP's loss in recent Uttar Pradesh bypolls, sasy Yogi Adityanath

"Whenever we work with overconfidence and take results for granted, we will end up not working hard enough," Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said.

"Our workers and voters thought these are the seats of the chief minister and deputy chief minister, so some of them took this for granted. Some didn't step out to vote, some didn't go for door-to-door campaign," Adityanath claimed.

Mar 17, 2018 - 18:32 (IST)

Prasoon Joshi addresses Padmaavat row

"We removed the 'i' from Padmavati because we collectively agreed on the fact that the original poem was called Padmaavat. There was a logical reasoning behind the same. The filmmaker agreed on the same," CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi said.

Talking on the reports about several cuts made in the film, Joshi said, "I was disappointed with all the fake news about 400 cuts in Padmaavat. There has to be some introspection from media."

Mar 17, 2018 - 18:22 (IST)

Social media regulatory body could be a possibility in future, says Smriti irani

Union minister Smriti Irani addressed the issues related to social media. "Online is an ecosystem where legislations are not very clear. The information and broadcasting ministry is working on it. We can't ignore the effects of fake news," she said.

"We cannot ignore the technology engineered to deteriorate. The govt is working to become a troll monitor. The news is now filled with views," she added.

Latest update: Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut addressed the debate on nepotism in Bollywood, saying that her comments on it just acted as catalyst because "Karan Johar is a popular person".

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman lashed out at the accusations against the NDA government over Rafale deal, saying that "a lot of convenience-based arguments" were being thrown at the Centre, but the actual recognition of process is "happily being ignored".

Reacting to the BJP losing both high-profile seats in recent Uttar Pradesh bypolls, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the loss was due to the party's "overconfidence".

Union information and broadcasting minister Smriti Irani said that 'sanskar' has been subjected to so much criticism that it "almost sounds like a slur now".

Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat took a dig at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, saying that he was still a novice in politics and India does not take him seriously.

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh took a dig at Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, saying that he might be "trying to reduce load" with his apology since he has 22 defamation suits against him.

Former diplomats Shyam Saran, Nirupama Ram and Shaurya Doval, and BJP's Vijay Chauthaiwale began discussion on India's position in the world order.

Speaking on the issues related to getting sponsorship for good athletes, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said that the government will try to provide sponsorship for upcoming sportspersons Rs 5 lakh each for the next eight years.

Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh, quizzed about his alleged relationship with Deepika Padukone, said, "There's a lot I can learn from Deepika Padukone. I learn from her, not just in acting but also in how to be a well-rounded human being. I am really grateful to have her in my life."

Morgan Stanley's Ruchir Sharma has said the trend of dynasty pervades throughout the country, in all sectors. "What jars me is the number of inherited billionaires, which is 60 percent. This is double of the global average, and only a handful of countries have so many inherited billionaires," he said.

Economist Paul Krugman said he's optimistic about India's place in the global economy. "The reason Japan's economy didn't grow fast enough is because of its demography, and its inability to manage immigrants. China's population is also headed the same way, with its population expected to turn downwards. India doesn't face this problem, and India's population will overtake China's in the future. So demographics are on India's side," he said.

He said this after Home Minister Rajnath Singh addressed the 'Rising India summit'. Rajnath, addressing the 'Rising India summit', said India has been successful in the battle against Naxalism. "There were over 3,000 Naxal incidents in 1987, which has come under 1,000," he said, adding that the key to this has been development taking place in tribal villages, places which hadn't seen any development.

News18s Rising India Summit Day 2 updates Didnt think nepotism would become a national topic says Kangana Ranaut

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This will be followed by Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman, while Morgan Stanley’s Ruchir Sharma would take the dais after that. In the afternoon, the spotlight would be on Bollywood stars Kangana Ranaut and Ranveer Singh.

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, will be in conversation with Sumit Awasthi, deputy managing editor of News18 India, following whom will be a speech titled 'India and the World', in which former foreign secretaries Shyam Saran and Nirupama Rao will be in conversation with Shaurya Doval, director of the India Foundation and Vijay Chauthaiwale, the Bharatiya Janata Party's in-charge of the department of foreign affairs. The session will be moderated by Zakka Jacob, CNN-News18's deputy executive editor.

This will be Day 2 of the summit, which got off to a rousing start on Friday, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the gathering and spoke on a range of issues — including the government's focus on the eastern region on the country, major social welfare schemes and electrification.

"For me, rising India means the rise of 1.25 billion Indians," Modi said at the beginning of his address. He further said, "Under the new dispensation, the common people lead and the government follows. Our government has been able to take big decisions because of the support of the people."

The Rising Series of Network18 was conducted in in various states like UP, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, and Kerala saw participation of all chief ministers and key policymakers. The Rising India Summit is only a culmination of that series.

The Rising India Summit will act as a crucible, where churning of ideas takes place as experts from diverse fields contribute on India’s growth story. Many significant announcements can be expected at the summit.

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