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Thuglak Magazine 50th Anniversary LIVE Updates: Catch the latest news in Chennai as we bring you live updates on the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Thuglak magazine.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai | Updated: January 14, 2020 9:24:00 pm
Thuglak Anniversary, Thuglak, Rajinikanth Rajinikanth will be handed the first copy of the the magazine recalling Cho and Thuglak at the event later today. Express Photo: Janardhan Koushik

With popular Tamil newsweekly magazine, Thuglak completing 50 years today, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth will be attending a function at Kalaivanar Arangam in Chennai at 6 pm.

During the event, a volume recalling the works the late Cho Ramaswamy, the founder and editor of the magazine and Thuglak will be released by the Vice President, with the first copy being presented to Rajini.

A pre-recorded message by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be played at the start of the event.

Live Blog

Get Chennai, Tamil Nadu news today with live updates on the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Thuglaq magazine.

Highlights

    20:09 (IST)14 Jan 2020
    Venkaiah Naidu concludes his speech with a Bharathiyar quote

    Vice President Venkaiah Naidu concluded his speech with a Bharathiyar quote in Tamil, "30 crore faces, 18 languages, still the thinking is one."

    20:03 (IST)14 Jan 2020
    'Cho was a multi-faceted personality', says Venkaiah Naidu

    Addressing the audience during the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Tughlak magazine, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said, "Cho Ramaswamy was a multi-faceted genius who left a print in the world of journalism, drama, law, politics, literature and sanathana dharma. He had unwavering beliefs in religion and politics. Tughlak became synonymous with Cho. Tughlak's rise to fame was Cho's fiery and fearless journalism who always put the nation first. He followed nation first, party next and self last."

    19:48 (IST)14 Jan 2020
    'Journalists should separate the truth from false', says Rajinikanth

    Speaking about the role of the media, Rajinikanth said, 'It is essential to have a journalist like Cho today. Times are bad and politics is turbulent. It is only journalists who can save our nation. Journalists should separate truth from the false. Do not make false the truth.'

    19:44 (IST)14 Jan 2020
    Gurumurthy has not compromised on Tughlak's quality under Cho: Rajinikanth

    'Cho was worried about who would run the magazine after his death. He knew that the obvious choice was Gurumurthy. After his death, people asked Gurumurthy how he would manage. It has been three years now but Gurumurthy has not compromised on anything. Everything is as it was under Cho's time. Today, Thuglak completes 50 years and I congratulate them', said Rajinikanth.

    19:35 (IST)14 Jan 2020
    Rajini speaks about Venkaiah Naidu's role in building Andhra Pradesh

    Actor turned politician Rajinikanth took to the stage for his speech and said, "Gurumurthy said that I would speak out, but perhaps the time is not right for me to speak out my mind. There is still time and I will express myself.". Speaking about Venkaiah Naidu's role in building BJP in Andhra Pradesh, he said, 'The journey has not been easy. He is facing many restrictions after reaching where he is today.'

    19:29 (IST)14 Jan 2020
    Book unveiled, first copy handed to Rajini

    On the ocassion of the magazine's 50th anniversary, Venkaiah Naidu released the book, Cho and Tughlak and the first copy was handed to Rajinikanth.

    19:28 (IST)14 Jan 2020
    Rajini and Venkaiah Naidu are soulmates: Gurumurthy

    Speaking about Rajinikanth and Venkaiah Naidu, Gurumurthy remarked, "Rajini and Venkaiah Naidu are soulmates. They are good friends, and it is appropriate that the book is released by Venkaiah Naidu and Rajinikanth receives the volume."

    19:27 (IST)14 Jan 2020
    Venkaiah Naidu arrives at venue

    Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has arrived at Kalaivanar Arangam for the Golden Jubilee celebrations.

    19:27 (IST)14 Jan 2020
    Media has taken forward every notion of nation building: Modi

    "Friends, Thuglak marks 50 years today when India marks 70 years as a republic. Our constitution carries traces of India's rich past and a roadmap for India's dream. I hope the people of India, who have upheld the constitution in spirit are the people of India who will guide India's growth tragectory and guide her to new heights."

    "Whenever Indians decide to do something, no force can stop us. We have made remarkable progress in several sectors. If India has been able to move towards an Open Defecation Free nation,  it is due to the people of India. If the mindsets have changed, gender ratio is improving and Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) is falling,  it is due to the people of India. The rise in digital transactions is due to people's cooperative nature. People no longer want to be spectators but active stakeholders in taking the nation forward."

    "I will also like to appreciate the role of media. They have taken forward every notion of nation building. I hope the same spirit gets reinforced in the times to come. Friends, one of the things I found when I came to Delhi was that those who got the opportunity to rule the nation for many year got to keep things in pendulum mode. Our government has taken the mission to solve problems persisting for decades like Article 370, Section 35A, Triple Talaq, GST, 10% reservation, Increase Maternity Leave upto 26 weeks, Ayushman Bharat scheme, OBC Comission etc. The list is very long. Decisions have helped further India's social and economic growth. Things that seemed impossible are becoming a reality. The same vested interest group is unable to digest changes. The are trying their best to cause unrest. In such times, the responsibility of a magazine  like Thughlak keeps people aware."

    19:24 (IST)14 Jan 2020
    Modi starts speech with Tamil greeting, says the dynamism of Tamil Nadu and Tamil people amazes him

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his speech with the traditional Tamil greeting, 'Vanakkam' and said, 'Today marks 50 years of Thuglak magazine and this program is being held when Tamil community worldwide is marking Pongal. 'Iniya Pongal Nalvazhthugal' (I extend my Pongal greetings to you)', said Modi. 

    Expressing his happiness at the magazine completing 50 years today, Modi expressed regret that Cho was no more today. 'Cho remains with us in our thoughts, he will be very proud of the progress this magazine has made in the last five decades. Cho has a special style of journalism. For him, three things were fundamental. One was facts. Facts are most important. They give moral strength to the report. Second was intelligent arguments. Any reader seeking to formulate an opinion will always appreciate intelligent arguments. They are logical and based on reason. Third was unique, Cho. He had extensive focus on satire. The first page of Thuglak carried a satirical cartoon. Satire is the best way to make your point and educate people. Cho was the master of satire. Most politicians were thankful that it was a weekly and not a daily', said Modi.

    Speaking about the people of Tamil Nadu, Modi said, "The dynamism of Tamil Nadu and Tamil people amazes me. Here, economic success mixes beautifully with social reforms. The land is home to the world's oldest language. Over the last few years, many efforts have been made for Tamil Nadu's progress. When we took the decision for two defence corridors, Tamil Nadu was an obvious choice. The Defence corridor in Tamil Nadu will boost employment in Tamil Nadu. The textile sector is the backbone for Tamil Nadu economy and two major textile clusters are being set up in Tamil Nadu."

    "Fisheries is an upcoming sector. We want to make it vibrant and the focus is on technology, financial assistance and Human Resource Development (HRD). Just a few days ago, deep sea fishing boats and transponders were handed over to fishermen from Tamil Nadu. Fishing harbours have been built for fishermen and help is being given for modernisation."

    "We are working around the clock to boost India's tourism sector. Over the last five years, foreign tourists' arrival to India has grown significantly.  The World Economic Forum released travel and tourism competitive index and India is rank 34. When we took office, we were ranked at 65. Our improvements over the last few years have been noted by the world. I urge you to visit at least 15 places in India in the coming two years. Last year, Mahabalipuram was chosen to welcome Xi Jinping and I am told this led to great interest in Mahabalipuram and Tamil Nadu. Keeping this spirit, I request you to invite your friends from other parts of India to visit one place in Tamil Nadu every year."

    19:19 (IST)14 Jan 2020
    Rajinikanth is thinking through his various options, says Gurumurthy

    "Rajinikanth is not a sadhu. He is smart and he is thinking through his various options. Our request for being a part of positive change is with him, but he should take the call, and we should leave the decision for him", said Gurumurthy.

    18:56 (IST)14 Jan 2020
    Even the AIADMK, DMK cannot praise Tamil Nadu the way Modi does: Gurumurthy

    Heaping praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gurumurthy remarked that even the ruling AIADMK or DMK could praise Tamil Nadu the way Modi did. "He is a master strategist. He launched a book on Thirukkural and dressed in the traditional veshti (dhoti) and angavastram duing the Modi-Xi summit in Mahabalipuram", he said. 

    18:47 (IST)14 Jan 2020
    India has been given a strong leader in the form of Modi: Gurumurthy

    Heaping praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Thuglak editor Gurumurthy said that the magazine had the opportunity to write extensively about Modi following his re-election as Prime Minister during the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. Speaking about Modi's decision viz Balakot air strike and Dhoklam, the editor said, "India has been given a strong leader in the form of Modi. People slandered him in the name of Rafale but the Supreme Court's verdict proved that Modi is a righteous man and the allegations made against him were false", he said. 

    18:42 (IST)14 Jan 2020
    'Rajini knows the real situation and it is for him to react', says Gurumurthy

    Replying to a query posed by a member of the audience on Rajinikanth's political entry, Gurumurthy said, ''Rajini is in the audience, Cho has been advising him earlier, but Rajini knows the real situation, and it is for him to react.'

    Thuglak editor Gurumurthy takes part in a question and answer session. Express Photo: Janardhan Koushik
    18:40 (IST)14 Jan 2020
    Modi's speech to be aired at 7 pm

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was unable to attend the Golden Jubilee will be having his pre-recorded speech telecast to the audience at Kalaivanar Arangam at 7 pm today.

    18:37 (IST)14 Jan 2020
    'There will be a change in 2021', says Thuglak editor

    Following brief statements made on CAA, Thuglak editor S Gurumurthy takes part in a question-answer session regarding Rajinikanth's political entry, with the latter sitting among the audience.

    Gurumurthy launched a tirade against dravidian parties in the State and said, 'There will be a change in 2021.'

    18:01 (IST)14 Jan 2020
    Rajinikanth arrives at venue

    Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth has arrived at Kalaivanar Arangam for the Golden Jubilee celebrations.

    17:55 (IST)14 Jan 2020
    Organisers play old videos of Cho Ramaswamy

    The organisers of the Golden Jubilee celebrations are playing videos of the late founder and former editor, Cho Ramaswamy, ahead of the mega event.

    17:50 (IST)14 Jan 2020
    Rajinikanth makes fiery speech during 47th year celebrations

    With actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth set to attend the 50th anniversary celebrations of Thuglak magazine, here is a look at the speech made by him during the 47th year celebrations.

    https://youtu.be/vdF7CSep050

    17:42 (IST)14 Jan 2020
    Black outfits banned at event

    In the invitation for the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Thuglak magazine, the organisers have specified that people wearing black outfits will be denied entry to the event. 

    17:36 (IST)14 Jan 2020
    Police carry out stringent security check
    17:31 (IST)14 Jan 2020
    Public makes a bee-line to Kalaivanar Arangam

    People have begun arriving at Kalaivanar Arangam today, for the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Thuglak magazine.

    The event is scheduled to commence at 6 pm. Express Photo: Janardhan Koushik
    17:22 (IST)14 Jan 2020
    Thuglak editor tweets a recall to magazine's previous edition
    17:11 (IST)14 Jan 2020
    Welcome to today's live blog

    Good evening!
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