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Need more Satire and Humour to build bridges between Communities and Societies, says PM Narendra Modi

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

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Narendra Modi in Sanand district. Wikimedia

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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PM Narendra Modi Hails India’s Position in Astronomy in Mann ki Baat

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field

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Prime Minister Modi tells scientists that science and technology should be used to bettering the lives of citizens. Wikimedia Commons

Speaking about the last solar eclipse of the year which happened on December 26, the prime minister Narendra Modi recalled India’s mastery over astronomy since ancient times.

In his Mann Ki Baat address to the nation, the Prime Minister mentioned the request from Ripun who hails from the northeast but is staying now in south India because of his job.

The prime minister mentioned Ripun for his request to find ways to popularise astronomy in rural areas of the country.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the winter session in New Delhi, India. VOA

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field.

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“The eclipse reminds us that that we are travelling in space while residing on the earth…. Friends, India has an ancient and glorious history of astronomy. Our connection with the twinkling stars in the sky is as old as our civilisation. Many of you might be aware that at various places in India, there are magnificent observatories (Jantar Mantars) – which are worth seeing. And these observatories have a deep bond with astronomy. Who doesn’t know about the prodigious talent of the great Aryabhatta,” PM said. (IANS)