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Modi believes in the importance of humour and satire to bridge the gap between societies and communities

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New Delhi, Jan 15, 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, lauding political satirist and editor Cho Ramaswamy for having mastered the art of satire and humour, said “both are needed to build bridges between communities and societies”.

“That Cho had mastered the art of satire, humour and irony need not be overstated. His satire made his criticism loveable even to those he criticised.

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“I think we need more satire and humour. Humour brings happiness in our lives. Humour is the best healer. The power of a smile or the power of laughter is more than the power of abuse or any other weapon. Humour builds bridges instead of breaking them,” said Modi in his address, delivered via video conferencing to the “47th Thuglak Anniversary – A Tribute to Cho Ramaswamy” in Chennai.

“And this is exactly what we require today – building bridges. Bridges between people. Bridges between communities. Bridges between societies,” he added.

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Describing Cho as one of the most multi-faceted personalities he had ever come across, Modi said: “He was an actor, a director, a journalist, an editor, a writer, a playwright, a politician, a political commentator, a cultural critic, a highly talented writer, a religious and social critic, a lawyer and so much more.”

“Of all his roles, his role as the editor of the ‘Thuglak’ magazine was the jewel in the crown. For 47 years the ‘Thuglak’ magazine played a stellar role in the cause of safeguarding democratic values and national interest,” he added.

“‘Thuglak’ and Cho – it is difficult to imagine one without the other. For nearly five decades, he was in charge of ‘Thuglak’. If someone has to write the political history of India, he cannot write it without including Cho Ramaswamy and his political commentary.”

Modi also said it is easy to admire Cho, but it was not very easy to understand him. “To understand him, one needs to understand his courage, conviction, his sense of nationalism which went beyond parochial, regional, linguistic and other divisions,” he said.

“His greatest achievement is that he made ‘Thuglak’ a weapon against all divisive forces. He was fighting for a clean and non-corrupt political system. In that struggle, he never spared anyone,” he added.

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Modi further said:”In my opinion, his thought and contributions were not merely limited to Tamil milieu and Tamil people. He inspired many generations of aspiring journalists and politicians spanning many societies in India.”

“And all of us know that ‘Thuglak’ magazine was not a mere political commentary. It was the ears and eyes of millions of Tamil people. Cho, through ‘Thuglak’, was the connecting bridge between masses and rulers,” he added. (IANS)

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Waves of black as Modi visits Chennai

Tamil Nadu has been in turmoil since the six-week period for setting up the Board expired, with opposition parties and a host of fringe Tamil groups attacking the Centre

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Black flags and balloons and activists in black shirts and trousers greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he paid a whirlwind visit to Chennai with helicopter as the chosen mode of transport in the wake of statewide agitation demanding constitution of the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

Protests were also held with black flags and placards throughout Tamil Nadu in cities like Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Coimbatore and Tuticorin against the Prime Minister’s brief visit to the state and the Centre’s failure to constitute the CMB despite a Supreme Court order. Black flags were hoisted on homes and business establishments across the state.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of service to others in his last Mann Ki Baat edition for 2017.
Narendra Modi welcomed with black flags in chennai.

In a bid to avoid protesters, Modi, who arrived here by a special aircraft in the morning, chose a helicopter to reach Tiruvidanthai, in neighbouring Kanchipuram district where he opened the 10th DefExpo organised by the Defence Ministry. From there he took another chopper to come to IIT Madras, in the heart of the city. From there, he took a one-kilometre ride by car to the neighbouring Adyar Cancer Institute for an event.

The Prime Minister walked a few steps from the helicopter to the car that ferried him to the Cancer Institute. As he did so, he encountered some 30 students from IIT Madras who stood silently but held posters demanding a Cauvery Management Board as ordered by the Supreme Court — an issue which has whipped up emotions in Tamil Nadu. Modi then left by helicopter to the airport before returning to Delhi.

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#Go back Modi trended on top as netizens took to the cyberspace to register their protest against the Central government’s failure to set up the CMB as directed by the Supreme Court to ensure proper sharing of Cauvery waters between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and other states.

DMK leader M.K. Stalin, who was on a padayatra of the Cauvery delta areas, wore black shirt and trousers as he protested along with state Congress President Thirunavukkarasar and CPI-M state unit chief Mutharasan. “The Prime Minister may be flying in the air today but he has to come down when the elections come,” he said taking a dig at Modi.

A black flag was hoisted at DMK chief M. Karunanidhi’s residence. The ailing leader wore a black shirt. DMK MP Tiruchi Siva and leaders of DMK allies wore black dress and marched on the road near the Chennai airport.

In the morning outside the Chennai airport, activists of the Federation for protection of Tamil Art and Culture, led by noted film director Bharatiraja and other film personalities like Amir, Gautaman and Vetrimaran protested against Modi’s visit. They were arrested.

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Cauvery River Dispute is going on for a while now. Wikimedia Commons

While MDMK chief Vaiko held a black flag protest in Velachery, Naam Thamizhar Katch convenor Seeman, a film director, was arrested elsewhere. Vaiko called Modi a “coward” for choosing to fly. Political leaders Velmurugan and P. Nedumaran were arrested from Alandur metro station in Chennai for holding black flag protests.

Tamil Nadu has been in turmoil since the six-week period for setting up the Board expired, with opposition parties and a host of fringe Tamil groups attacking the Centre, saying the BJP was interested only in winning the Assembly elections in Karnataka. Even the hugely-popular IPL cricket matches have been shifted out of Chennai to Pune in view of the disturbances on Tuesday. IANS