News18's Rising India Summit: Smriti Irani says 2014 Lok Sabha election began as political battle, but ended as personal one

Smriti Irani, speaking at the News18 Rising India Summit, said that the 2014 Lok Sabha election to Amethi began as a political battle, but turned into a personal journey.

FP Staff March 17, 2018 19:17:33 IST
News18's Rising India Summit: Smriti Irani says 2014 Lok Sabha election began as political battle, but ended as personal one

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani, speaking at the News18 Rising India Summit on Saturday, said that the 2014 Lok Sabha election to the Amethi constituency began as a political battle, but turned into a personal journey.

Irani had unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha election against Congress president Rahul Gandhi. She was later elected to the Parliament as a Rajya Sabha MP.

News18s Rising India Summit Smriti Irani says 2014 Lok Sabha election began as political battle but ended as personal one

Smriti Irani speaking at the News18 Rising India Summit. News18

"I was challenging the idea that you can be a political representative and ignore the constituency for years. The issue was, how can I, who was born to parents who barely had Rs 200 in their pockets, become a Cabinet minister and give back to society?" she asked.

Irani also spoke on the recent controversy over the film Padmaavat, and slammed the media for spreading 'fake news' on cuts to the film. Irani said, "The fake news that there were 400 cuts made headlines but the fact that Sanjay Leela Bhansali came out and said that the movie was released uncut never made news."

CBFC chairperson Prasoon Joshi also spoke on changes to films, saying, "About 9,000 films have been passed in the last 8 months. Eighty-two percent of them were passed without any changes. The rest were passed with minor changes in consultation with the filmmakers."

Joshi also responded to criticism on removing the letter 'i' from the title of the film Padmaavat, saying, "We removed the 'i' from Padmaavati because we collectively agreed on the fact that the original poem was called Padmaavat." However, he said, "I do not deny that there has been politics on the issue."

He also said, "Artists do not have an intention to hurt the society. An artist begins his or her work to benefit the society. I truly believe in that."

Follow live updates on the News18 Rising India Summit here.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

New National Education Policy gets Cabinet nod; MHRD will now be called Education Ministry
India

New National Education Policy gets Cabinet nod; MHRD will now be called Education Ministry

A panel led by former ISRO chief K Kasturirangan had submitted the draft of the new NEP to HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal when he took charge last year

From doubling enrolment rates to increasing Budget allocation, NEP 2020 could prove transformational
India

From doubling enrolment rates to increasing Budget allocation, NEP 2020 could prove transformational

The reforms embedded in the National Education Policy 2020 represent an overhaul of the current education system and could usher in a better tomorrow for the country

Sachin Pilot 'will work in party's interest', says Congress after ex-deputy CM's meeting with Rahul Gandhi
Politics

Sachin Pilot 'will work in party's interest', says Congress after ex-deputy CM's meeting with Rahul Gandhi

Sachin Pilot and Rahul Gandhi had a 'frank, open and conclusive discussion', AICC general secretary (Organisation) KC Venugopal said in a statement.