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

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 18:12 (IST)

    Many have attacked the word 'sanskar', it sounds like a slur now: Smriti Irani

    Discussing ethics in creativity, CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi said, "When you use the word 'sanskaar', we use it and try to abuse it. It is more about how we earn rather than how much we earn. That is ethics."

    Union minister Smriti Irani said, "Many have attacked the word 'sanskar', it sounds like a slur now. But ‘ethics’ seem acceptable to more". "Just because you have a different ideology or thought process, you cannot demonise a particular set of conversations," she said.

  • 18:10 (IST)

    Expression and responsibility go hand-in-hand, says Prasoon Joshi

    "There are two kinds of entertainers. Taking a rabbit out of a hat or a  juggler, who does not have a social responsibility. But if you write a story on a farmer you cannot just do it for entertainment value," says CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi.

    "When I was given the responsibility of CBFC, I thought if we concentrate more on ideation and discussion, than raking up controversy, we will perform better... We need to believe in discussions more than debates. It is not about my point or your point, it is about a sensitive ecosystem," he said.

  • 17:59 (IST)

    Smriti Irani says need to change status quo for New India

    "The prime minister came with a promise of not sustaining status quo. Communication, today, has to be a 360-degree engagement," Union minister Smriti Irani said.

    Speaking on creativity, the information and broadcasting minister said, "We look at creativity in a destructed fashion. When was the last time you enjoyed a poetry for the poetry? Consumers are deconstructing expression"

  • 17:34 (IST)

    Trivendra Singh Rawat calls Rahul Gandhi 'politically immature'

    Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said, "Rahul Gandhi is politically immature, and nobody takes him seriously. It’ll take a lot of time for him to learn politics. People look at Rahul as a source of entertainment."

    "Rahul has reached a respectable age but his political vision is still not clear," he added.

  • 17:22 (IST)

    Meghalaya mandate was anti-Congress, says Conrad Sangma

    "​If you look at the results across India, majority of the seats have gone to non-Congress parties. The majority has gone against them," Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma said.

    "In the results of the North East, majority of people voted against Congress. There was a natural alliance," said Sangma. "People were looking for a change, hence, we got those numbers in the polls," he added.

  • 17:09 (IST)

    I see Rahul Gandhi as the next prime minister of India: Amarinder Singh

    Praising Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Amarinder Singh said, "Rahul gets a warm response wherever he goes. He will make a good prime minister. I think in 2019, we will be able to pull it off, maybe even with a coalition"

    "People are getting disenchanted with the BJP. Hence, they are coming out of NDA, and supporting Congress. Parties leaving NDA shows mood of the nation. I am optimistic about the next general elections," he said.

  • 17:04 (IST)

    Amarinder Singh says STF set up to tackle drug menace in Punjab

    "We have set up a Special Task Force. Punjab had become a drug haven. This is being egged on by our neighbours. I have 35,000 drug sellers behind bars. The drug price has shot up which means there is a shortage of drugs in Punjab," said Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

  • 16:58 (IST)

    Amarinder Singh speaks on Arvind Kejriwal

    Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh said, "Arvind Kejriwal has always jumped here and there. I don't know why he has done it (issued apology). There are 22 defamation cases against him. i think he's trying to the reduce load."

    "No government can function in isolation. He's lost a great deal of ground. You should ask his MLAs. They're looking for alternatives. From what we hear, they are all very disappointed. No just because of this but what has happened in the party over the time," he said.

  • 16:33 (IST)

    Ex-diplomat Shyam Saran says India is 'must-go-to' place for global leaders

    "India has become a must-go-to place for world leaders. It is an emerging power. By virtue of its size and geopolitical placement, it is a place to reckon with," former diplomat Shyam Saran said.

    "With respect to the network of relationships we are building around the world, the focus has to be on the neighbourhood. This is a moment for us to seize. Must ensure that our foreign policy may seize this window of opportunity," he added.

  • 16:22 (IST)

    India's rise is because of economic rise, says ex-diplomat Shaurya Doval

    Former diplomat Shaurya Doval said, "India's rise is also because of economic rise, which has been huge. Much of this rise lies on the back of the Indian entrepreneur which is a soft power for us... Much of that rise relies on the Indian entrepreneur. He or she is an important part of our soft power."

    Speaking on the Indo-US ties, he said, "An Important part of India-US relations is mutual dependence on capacities and capabilities. This has been based on people and individual peoples capacities too, which involved Indian diaspora too."

  • 16:18 (IST)

    China's aspirations built on insecurity, says ex-diplomat Nirupama Rao

    Former Indian Foreign Secretary ambassador Nirupama Rao said, "India can't be boxed. By virtue of our geographical placement, we are the leading power in the region. This is not due to a superiority complex," She added that China is an aspiring superpower but its aspirations are built on an "insecurity".

    "We must understand geostrategy has to be built on geography, political strength, economic heft. We have to obviously cover some distance. China has grown a great deal and we have a great deal of catching up to do," she said.

    "China has much more muscle and visibility in a region now than ever before. We need to study this rising visibility in more detail. With regard to Sri Lanka, Maldives, China can't replace India," she added.

  • 16:04 (IST)

    Discussion on India's stand in the world order begins

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

    "India's rising economic power along with maneuvering in global geo-political situation is working for India and its allies," Chauthaiwale said. "We have good relations with almost all Islamic nations and also with Israel," he added.

  • 15:58 (IST)

    Rajyavardhan Rathore says TDP will come back in alliance

    "The parties which backed out of the NDA had regional aspirations. They did not have a pan India approach. However, we do need political parties to run the nation," Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said.

    "When smaller parties realise that we are winning the 2019 elections, they will all get on the horse," he said.

  • 15:55 (IST)

    Rajyavardhan Rathore takes dig at Congress

    "When a boxer can't reach opponent, he punches the air. This is what Congress is doing right now," Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said. "Congress wants us to work in their style. But it will never go back to what it was before. This change is for good of all," he said.

  • 15:44 (IST)

    Rajyavardhan Rathore discusses issues with athletes getting sponsors

    "There is a big problem that good athletes don't get sponsors. We will try to give 500 upcoming athletes Rs 5 lakh each for the next eight years. We will partner will CBSE and let them know how to select capable children," says Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore.

    "There are few difficulties that are not letting India do well on the global stage as far as sports is concerned. However, changes don't come overnight and it will take time," he added.

  • 15:28 (IST)

    Grateful to have Deepika in my life: Ranveer Singh

    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."

  • 15:15 (IST)

    Ranveer Singh in conversation with Rajeev Masand

  • 15:00 (IST)

    Frustrating to sit by and not do anything during Padmaavat controversy

    Ranveer Singh, star of the film Padmaavat, says it was frustrating when the film was embroiled in controversy. "It was hugely infuriating because things weren't in my control. But I couldn't do anything, and was asked to not do anything. I was sitting at home for months, committed to one film and not knowing if the film would even be completed or released," he said.

  • 14:47 (IST)

    'We entertainers aren't allowed to have a bad day'

    Bollywood star Ranveer Singh says he always needs to "remain on". "You're not allowed to have a bad day. It's your job to entertain people. But I love crowds and I love interacting with people. So when I see them excited at seeing me, I get excited," he said.

  • 14:44 (IST)

    Initial few months were scary, says Ranveer Singh

    "We're in the business of making people like us. But when I first came into the limelight, i was very nervous. I didn't grew up around anyone famous so didn't know how to deal with it," says Bollywood star Ranveer Singh at the 'Rising India summit'.

  • 14:42 (IST)

    Negative press initially was very disheartening, says Ranveer Singh

    "There were many press articles that spoke of my lack of acting legacy, that I was an outsider, with an "unconventional" face. I was born out of the audition process, not because I paid my way in or because I came from a filmy family," says Ranveer Singh at the 'Rising India summit'.

  • 14:37 (IST)

    I turned down many assignments for the big break

    Ranveer Singh, Bollywood star today, recalls the struggle that went behind his entry to Bollywood. "I gave thousands of auditions. I turned down so many films, advertisements, music videos, etc. I waited for something bigger, and I ultimately got a role like Band Bajaa Baraat. It was a big launch. But it ultimately became successful," he said.

  • 14:33 (IST)

    Watch: Ranveer Singh's entry at the 'Rising India summit'

  • 14:16 (IST)

    Watch Rajnath Singh's speech at the 'Rising India summit'

  • 14:12 (IST)

    Rajyavardhan Rathore says he's looking forward to an interesting session at 3.15 pm

  • 14:00 (IST)

    Ranveer Singh shortly in conversation with Rajeev Masand

    Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh is about to take to the stage at the 'Rising India summit', and will be talking to journalist Rajeev Masand.

  • 13:11 (IST)

    Excerpts from Ruchir Sharma's talk with Shereen Bhan

  • 12:56 (IST)

    It's jarring to see so many inherited billionaires in India: Ruchir Sharma

    Ruchir Sharma of the Morgan Stanley bank says it's not only in politics, but the trend of dynasty pervades throughout the country's other sectors as well. "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.

  • 12:41 (IST)

    Two out of three elections go against the incumbent in India

    "In the US, most elections go the way of the incumbent. Even in the last UK election, 80 percent of sitting MPs got reelected. But in India, the default option always seems to be to throw the government out," says Ruchir Sharma of Morgan Stanley, speaking of the trends in Indian politics. "The single biggest reason why politicians in India lose power is because the State is broken. The way the average people interact with local bureaucrats is very harsh. It's oppressive, corrupt and under-staffed. So when they go to the polling booth, they throw the government out."

  • 12:38 (IST)

    India's economy is de-coupled from its politics

    "When a government gets elected, it puts in place incremental changes, but by the time it's due for reelection, it gets complacent and falls back on populist schemes," says Ruchir Sharma, of Morgan Stanley.

  • 12:29 (IST)

    'India has largest number of millionaires leaving the country'

    India has the largest number of millionaires leaving the country, says Morgan Stanley's Ruchir Sharma, calling it a "matter of concern".

  • 12:27 (IST)

    Ruchir Sharma on the state of India's economy

    Ruchir Sharma, head of emerging markets and chief global strategist at Morgan Stanley, in conversation with Shireen Bhan, as part of the day's third session.

  • 12:23 (IST)

    Trump isn't taking his job seriously: Paul Krugman

    When asked about US president Donald Trump, Nobel Laureate and American economist Paul Krugman said, "He doesn't take the job seriously. He doesn't do his homework. He hires people who make him feel good and that's a frightening prospect. His gut feelings are protectionist and his views of America are 50 years out of date. He wants to make America a heavy industrial economy of his youth, but that's very disruptive of America now."

  • 12:10 (IST)

    Paul Krugman in conversation with Latha Venkatesh

  • 12:09 (IST)

    India has potential at the highest level, says Paul Krugman

    Economist and Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman said, "In India, all the success stories used to be based on manufacturing. India does need to do more of that but showed large scale export of services. India also has a potential base at the highest level, of people form Silicon Valley coming back to set up enterprises here."

  • 11:48 (IST)

    China will go the Japan way because of its demography, India won't: Krugman

    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.

  • 11:45 (IST)

    Krugman 'optimistic' about India's progress

    Paul Krugman, Nobel-winning economist, said, "I am optimistic about India's progress, and the world will soon shift its attention to India and away from China."

  • 11:43 (IST)

    India will soon be a 'developed country', says Paul Krugman

    Economist Paul Krugman said India will soon be counted as a "developed economy", like Japan is. "People often talk about China, but India is part of this story as well. India is still poor, but not in the same level at all. Indian GDP per capita is 12 percent of the US, which sounds low but is up from 4 percent. India has the same per capita income that Japan did in the 1960s. And that country made a full transformation," he said.

  • 11:35 (IST)

    India's economy has overtaken Japan's, it's a superpower: Krugman

    Economist Paul Krugman made a comparison between India's growth story and Britain's. "What Britain achieved in 150 years, India managed in just 30. The progress is extraordinary. This is a very big country, which people at some level have not fully noticed. It has overtaken Japan and is only behind US and China, and is far ahead of any European country. This is a super power," Krugman said.

  • 11:30 (IST)

    Paul Krugman at the 'Rising India' summit

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.

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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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Updated Date: Mar 17, 2018 21:34:01 IST

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