TIRUCHY FRIDAY JUNE 8, 2018 `6.00 PAGES 20 LATE CITY EDITION DIDN’T YOU TORCH THE WHITE HOUSE? TRUMP ASKS TRUDEAU The US President erroneously blamed Canada for burning down the White House, in a recent phone call with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau WHAT PROMPTED THE QUESTION ■ May 25 BRITISH BEHIND WHITE HOUSE ATTACK Trudeau pressed Trump on how he could justify tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminium imports as a “national security” issue, according to a CNN report. In response, Trump is said to have quipped: “Didn’t you guys burn down the White House?” referring to the War of 1812 ■ The problem with Trump’s comments was that British troops burned the White House down in 1814 during the War of 1812 Historians note the British attack on Washington was in retaliation for the American attack on York, Ontario, in territory that eventually became Canada, which was then a British colony WHEN TRUMP REPORTEDLY MADE THE ERRONEOUS HISTORICAL REFERENCE CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Pranab warning on seeing India using prism of religion Perspective on nationhood Says the soul of the country resides in its pluralism and tolerance, at RSS event in Nagpur A B H I J I T M U LY E @ Nagpur FORMER President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday warned that any attempt to define India through “religion, hatred, dogmas and intolerance” will dilute our existence, as he addressed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) cadre at the valedictory function of the Third Year Sangha Shiksha Varg here. The soul of India resides in pluralism and tolerance, he emphasised. Mukherjee’s address came amid bitter criticism from the Congress over his decision to accept the RSS invite. The party later described his speech as ‘showing the mirror to the RSS at their headquarters’. “Divergent strands in the public discourse have to be recognised. We can’t deny essential prevalence of multiplicity of opinion. Only through a dialogue can we develop the understanding to solve complex problems without an unhealthy strife within our polity Mukherjee ,” said. Starting with the dictionary meanings of the words nation, nationality and patriotism, Mukherjee took an overview of over 2,500 years of Indian history to explain how these terms have evolved in the Indian context. “Secularism and inclusion are a matter of faith for us. It is our composite culture that makes us a one nation,” Mukherjee said and went on to add - “Indian nationhood is not one language, one religion, one enemy. It is the perennial universalism of the 1.3 billion people who use India’s nationhood is not one language, one religion and one enemy, the former President said. “It is perennial universalism of 1.3 billion people who use 122 languages and 1600 dialects... practice seven major religions... live under one system, one flag and one identity of being Bharatiya and have no enemies. That is what makes Bharat a diverse and united nation.” Rajnath hints at Ramzan ceasefire extension F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar UNION Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday hinted that the Ramzan ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir could be extended. “I will talk to the chief minister and hold security review meetings on the post-ceasefire situation,” he said, adding that “no possibility can be ruled out”. He, however, condemned the recent militant attacks in the Valley , saying militants were not refraining from nefarious activities even during the holy month of Ramzan. But, “dialogue can be held with everyone. It is not necessary to hold dialogue only with likeminded people; it’s just that they should be right-minded,” the home minister said on talks with separatists. “The special representative (for holding sustained dialogue with all stakeholders in J&K) has not been appointed for sightseeing. He has visited the state 11 times so far. Anyone desirous of engaging in dialogue should meet him.” Singh further appealed against ruining the future of the youth by using them for political gains. Children were misled into stone-pelting and committed mistakes, he said. “It was because of this that the government decided to provide amnesty to 10,000 first-time stone-pelting offenders in the Valley Singh ,” explained, referring to the state’s decision last November, which was recommended by the Union home ministry . Taking a veiled dig at Hurriyat leaders, he said, “If they were educat- India skids on FDI index Let the objective of spreading peace, harmony and happiness inform the formulation of our public policy and guide all the actions of our state and citizens in everyday life RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat welcomes former President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday | PTI 122 languages and 1600 dialects in their everyday lives, practice 7 major religions, belong to 3 major ethnic groups and live under one system, one flag and one identity .” While stressing that peaceful coexistance, compassion, respect for life and harmony with nature form the foundation of our civilisation, Mukherjee said, “We must free our public discourse from all forms of violence.” “Only non-violent society can ensure participation of all sections of people in the democratic process, especially the marginalised and the dispossessed,” he said and emphasized a need to move from anger, violence and conflict to peace, harmony and happiness. Quoting Kautilya, Mukherjee stressed that the state should strive for the happiness of its people. FDI to India fell by $4 billion last year compared to the year before while outflows from India doubled at $11 billion, says a new trade report by the UN. While shrinking FDI flows is a global phenomenon — FDI inflow to the US almost halved — experts believe in India’s case, disruption in economy and uncertainty in business environment played spoilsport. Here's a look: Pranab Mukherjee, Former President Meaningless, says Bhagwat RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat described the debate over former President Pranab Mukherjee’s decision to attend the RSS event as meaningless, saying no one is an outsider for his organisation. Mukherjee will remain what he is and the Sangh will remain the Sangh even after the event, he quipped. People may have different views but they are all children of India, he said ing their own children, why were they provoking the Kashmiri youth to pelt stones and pick up guns? Do they want Kashmiri children and youth to only play with stones and fire?” Singh recalled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day speech, said the government wants a solution to the Kashmir problem not by firing bullets, but by embracing people. “And when we talk about Kashmiriyat, it includes Hazratbal as well as Amarnath.” The Home Minister is on twoday visit to Jammu & Kashmir. INDIA Where the money came from (Numbers in $ bn) TIRUMALA CLOUDBURST After a scorching summer, dark clouds unleash a heavy downpour on a section of Tirupati on Thursday | MADHAV K Country Pakistan South Asia EXPRESS READ Asia & Oceania WHAT are the politics of actorturned-politician Rajinikanth? This is the question on many a mind after watching the superstar’s latest film, Kaala, which released worldwide on Thursday . While just last week, Rajini said that continuous protests would turn Tamil Nadu into a graveyard, this week he’s seen on the big screen playing a character who espouses the importance of protests. From the day he announced his entry into politics, all political parties, barring the BJP and AIADMK, have inter- 2.8 54.1 52 477.2 477.5 Tiruchy teen ends life over poor NEET score Dev economies 670.1 670.6 World 1,867 New Delhi: Under fire for its proposal to enforce rule to penalise passengers for carrying excess baggage, the railways has now shelved the plan, saying it was only to generate awareness. Chennai: Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) 2 shows that Tamil Nadu is the only south Indian state to report higher prevalence of tobacco usage across age groups compared to GATS 1. Tiruchy: A 17-year-old girl committed suicide upset over her poor marks in NEET. K Subhasri managed double-digit score and her family claimed she was not P3 aware of negative marking. China Fans kidnap film distributor over refund A film distributor R Selvaraj was kidnapped by Rajinikanth’s fans on Wednesday night over issues related to the refund of unsold tickets meant for a fan show in Madurai. 1,429 Where the money went to 196.1 Pakistan South Asia Asia & Oceania 124.6 0.052 0.067 5.5 11.6 386 351.3 Dev economies 406.6 380.7 1,473 1,429 India FDI inflows ($mn) 2015 44,064 Kaala raises the question: What are Rajinikanth’s real politics? Karikalan in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum, a don and saviour of poor Tamils. However, the dialogues he mouths are frequently at odds with speeches he has made off screen. In the film, Rajini’s character frequently says, “ Land is our right.” This is also a key slogan of the protesters of Neduvasal, Kathiramangalam and Koodankulam. However, Rajini has never backed these protests. In the film, the villain played by Nana Patekar wants to evict the slum to construct housing units under a “Pure Mumbai” scheme. The name seems to be a dig at the BJP’s Swacch Bharat 136.3 2.4 Tobacco usage has risen in TN, says GATS 2 FIRST DAY FIRST SHOW preted his statement that he would follow ‘spiritual politics’ as meaning that he intended to build a votebase for the BJP This . view was reinforced when he, like BJP leaders, said anti-social elements had infilitrated the anti-Sterlite protest and were the reason the police opened fire killing 13 people. The comments were believed to have affected the advance booking for the film. In this context, Kaala, the first Rajini film to release since he announced his political entry, has raised questions as to what the superstar’s politics are. In Kaala, Rajini plays the title character 2017 Railways withdraws plan to fine for extra baggage World S K U M A R E S A N @Chennai 2016 133.7 China campaign. When the villain tells the slum’s residents that some of them should be sacrificed for the welfare of the city it recalls what , L Ganeshan, BJP Rajya Sabha MP said when Neduvasal and Kathiramangalam villagers were protesting the methane and hydro-carbon projects: “Some must be sacrificed for the welfare of the country”. In several scenes, Kaala’s supporters, his sons and daughter-in-law attack police. However, their actions are never condemned by the hero. Rajini condemned Cauvery protesters who attacked police during the recent IPL match at Chennai. As such the film speaks of how people can tackle oppression and suggests they resort to protests and stay away from work. This too is at odds with Rajini’s speeches: The actor has spoken out against protests in general and striking work in particular. Writer Stalin Rajangam said the film was more director Pa Ranjith’s than Rajinikanth’s. “Rajinikanth declared his political entry after the shooting of the entire film was over. Hence, I think the film is entirely Ranjith’s film. It will work out as Rajini’s mass and Ranjith’s politics have mixed well,” he said. 2014 34,582 2016 44,481 2017 39,916 Top FDI destinations (Numbers in $ bn) 2016 2017 U.S. Country 457 275 China 134 136 117 104 Hong Kong Brazil 58 bn 63 Singapore 77 bn 62 Netherlands 86 58 France 35 bn 50 Australia 48 bn 46 Switzerland 48 41 India 44 40 Source: World Investment Report 2018, UNCTAD
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