India Today - - SOUTHERN SUNRISE -

learn from it. And there was glam­our, with the south’s lead­ing ladies, in­clud­ing Ta­man­naah Bha­tia and Shriya Saran shar­ing the stage and hold­ing forth on Bol­ly­wood ver­sus Kol­ly­wood.

Only an ac­tor of Ka­mal Haasan’s stature could have up­staged the po­lit­i­cal drama of the con­clave’s open­ing act. “If you want a ban on jallikattu, let’s also ban biryani,” Haasan thun­dered, say­ing that as “a proud Ta­mil­ian”, the sport, which was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014, was “about tam­ing the bull and not do­ing phys­i­cal harm”. Days be­fore the Jan­uary 15 Pon­gal hol­i­day when the sport is tra­di­tion­ally played in parts of Tamil Nadu, Haasan ig­nited a storm. The Tamil Nadu gov­ern­ment was pressed into say­ing it would re­open the is­sue, but the apex court held firm.

Union min­is­ter and BJP leader Venka­iah Naidu made the po­lit­i­cal head­lines on day two, when he spoke of the party’s plans to go big in the south with a ‘vac­uum’ emerg­ing fol­low­ing Jay­alalithaa’s pass­ing. “The prac­tice of those who do not like the DMK chas­ing the AIADMK and vice-versa is chang­ing,” he said. Ever the as­tute politi­cian, Com­pe­ti­tion to­day is not just within In­dia, it is with the world. We could do more as a bloc, co­or­di­nate on some counts while re­tain­ing in­di­vid­ual strengths.” K.T. RAMA RAO, IT and in­dus­tries min­is­ter, Te­lan­gana

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