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HTLS 2018 Day 1 concludes, next session to resume at 10am tomorrow

The first day of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2018 started with Congress president Rahul Gandhi delivering the keynote address, and ended with actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh dancing to ‘Khalibali’ from their movie Padmaavat.

By HT Correspondent | Oct 06, 2018 09:27 IST

The Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2018 got off to a start with the keynote address by Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on the government for dividing people and spreading hatred.

Other prominent speakers who attended the much-awaited annual summit are Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Piyush Goyal, legendary footballer Pele among others.

Here are the highlights of the day:

5:30PM IST

Day 1 of HT Leadership Summit 2018 concludes

Day 2 of HT Leadership Summit begins at 10am on October 6.

5.25 PM IST

Deepika yin to my yang, says Ranveer: Some special moments


5:20 PM IST

Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone dance together on the HTLS stage

5:06 PM IST

Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone on the #MeToo movement

Harassment anywhere and in any form is wrong: Ranveer Singh.

It takes a lot of courage to come out and speak about harassment, but if it has actually happened. It is wrong and I condemn it: Ranveer Singh

The #MeToo movement isn’t just about gender, it’s about right versus wrong, says Deepika Padukone.

5:05 PM IST

Ranveer does a Thangabali impression

5:03 PM IST

Deepika’s first impression of Ranveer Singh

4:58 PM IST

Deepika is the classiest chic I have met in my life: Ranveer

Deepika is the classiest chic I have met in my life: Ranveer Singh.

4:55 PM IST

Deepika on how she prepares for a role

Every film requires preparation, but different actors prepare in different ways. For me it’s more internal. I think a lot: Deepika Padukone.

Me and Sanjay Leela Bhansali share a chemistry. We look at each other and know what the other one wants, says Deepika.

4:51 PM IST

Ranveer Singh on how he prepared for his first movie

I spent an entire week incognito as a Delhi University student before Band Bajaa Baraat released. I attended classes, participated in events as Bittu Sharma: Ranveer Singh.

4:48 PM IST

Didn’t think Ranveer would become a big star: Deepika

Before I saw Band Bajaa Baraat, I didn’t think Ranveer Singh would become a big star: Deepika Padukone

4:44 PM IST

Always wanted to be ‘The Hero’: Ranveer Singh

I always wanted to be a Hindi film ‘Hero’ and not just an actor: Ranveer Singh

4:40 PM IST

Ranveer and Deepika on marriage plans

On being asked if a November wedding has been pushed to December, both Ranveer and Deepika dodge the question.

“Whenever it will happen, you’ll be the first to know,” says Ranveer Singh.

4:36 PM IST

Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh in the house

Actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh will make the final address on Day 1 of Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.

4:33 PM IST

Kamal Haasan on possibility of allying with BJP

If my DNA is not going to be tampered with, then no one is politically untouchable: actor-politician Kamal Haasan on possibility of allying with the BJP

4:30 PM IST

I see Rahul Gandhi as a possibility for the country: Kamal Haasan

4:27 PM IST

‘Kamal Haasan or Rajinikanth?’

People should choose the right candidate and not personality, says Kamal Haasan on being asked to make a pitch to people of Tamil Nadu on why they should choose him over Rajinikanth.

4:20 PM IST

Factories needed, but environmental rules should be followed: Kamal Haasan

We are not against big factories, we need it. But there are certain rules, you cannot violate: Kamal Haasan.

4:16 PM IST

Kamal Haasan on what he aims to achieve through politics

Tamil Nadu deserves it place within India. We could have been there 30-40 years ago. My goal right now is Tamil Nadu.

I’m not in the business of PR. I’m going to speak for Tamil Nadu: Kamal Haasan.

4:15 PM IST

My properties were almost seized: Kamal Haasan

I have been troubled by politicians just for a comment, says Kamal Haasan

My properties was almost seized--it was to teach me a lesson,adds Haasan.

4:12 PM IST

Nascent doesn’t mean naive: Kamal Haasan

15-20 years ago my films became more political. It was seen in my acting, says Kamal Haasan.

4:08 PM IST

I am enjoying my new role in politics: Kamal Haasan at HTLS 2018

Kamal Haasan says he is enjoying his new role in politics.

My party (Makkal Needhi Maiam) is still setting its goals. We are still starting out--we have the best people advising us: Kamal Haasan

3:55 PM IST

Kamal Haasan to address the gathering shortly

Actor and founder of the political party Makkal Needhi Maiam Kamal Haasan will be making the next address at Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.

3:51 PM IST

Former CJI Dipak Misra on the Sabarimala verdict

You cannot keep the women of a particular religion out of a temple. Women are to be respected, says Dipak Misra.

Women have to be equal partners in life: Dipak Misra.

3:45 PM IST

Dipak Misra on state of Indian judiciary

3:42 PM IST

Chanakya was a prominent advisor to Chandragupta Maurya: Dipak Misra

History depicts Chanakya as a cruel man. I don’t think that way. I always think that he was a prominent advisor to the then emperor Chandragupta Maurya, says Dipak Misra.

3:36 PM IST

You cannot allow criminals to govern: Dipak Misra

You cannot allow criminals to govern, says Dipak Misra.

3:31 PM IST

Constitution behaviour should be observed: Dipak Misra

3:29 PM IST

No Indian should feel the Constitution is alien to him: Dipak Misra

As a citizen of India, no one should feel that the constitution is alien to him nor should he ever feel that he is not a part of it: former CJI Dipak Misra

3:25 PM IST

Be an incurable optimist: Dipak Misra

I urge everyone present here to be an incurable optimist, says former CJI Dipak Misra

Hope must be concretised. Hope must become practical reality and that why attempts are being made by the courts to realise this hope: Dipak Misra.

3:15 PM IST

Dipak Misra on the idea of constitutional morality

I am here to speak on the idea of constitutional morality, says Dipak Misra.

3:13 PM IST

Former chief justice on India Dipak Mishra to speak next

Former Chief Justice of India Dipak Mishra to speak with Hindustan Times Legal Editor Ashok Bagriya. This is his first public address after retiring as the Chief Justice of India.

3:01 PM IST

BJP will come back with 300+ seats: Piyush Goyal

The BJP will come back with 300+ seats and the NDA will get a two-thirds majority: Union Minister Piyush Goyal responds at HT Leadership Summit 2018

In Maharashtra, the BJP is the numero uno party. We are far ahead of ahead of others. It will be a clean sweep in the elections--in alliance: Piyush Goyal.

2:58 PM IST

Piyush Goyal’s riposte to Rahul Gandhi’s jibe

We are working on the imagination of Mahatma who called for Congress to wind up and the development of India: Union Minister Piyush Goyal responds to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s comments at HT Leadership Summit 2018

2:54 PM IST

Piyush Goyal responds to Rahul Gandhi’s comments

I’m sure it was in the imagination of 1.3 billion Indians to have better healthcare, access to power and healthcare: Union Minister Piyush Goyal responds to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s comments at HT Leadership Summit 2018

A better future remained an imagination:’ Piyush Goyal added.

2:50 PM IST

We inherited economy in shambles: Piyush Goyal

We inherited an ecomomy in shambles, we have strengthened it, says Piyush Goyal

2:45 PM IST

Piyush Goyal on state of Indian economy

We have absolutely not lost the narrative on economy: Union Minister Piyush Goyal at HT Leadership Summit 2018 on job creation

PM Modi, Finance Minister have successfully steered the economy to strength: Piyush Goyal

2:42 PM IST

Nature of jobs is changing: Piyush Goyal

Nature of jobs in the world is changing. Everybody wanted to join railways, govt: Union Minister Piyush Goyal at HT Leadership Summit 2018

2:38 PM IST

This govt is focused on encouraging entrepreneurial spirit: Piyush Goyal

If you are driving an Uber in Delhi, you are providing a service. This govt is encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation

2:30 PM IST

Over 2.5 million people working in Railways ecosystem: Piyush Goyal

Our initial assessment is that 2.5 million people working in the ecosystem of the railways, says Piyush Goyal.

2:24 PM IST

Piyush Goyal on state of Indian railways

We overloaded the railways system to the point of breaking: Union Minister Piyush Goyal at HT Leadership Summit 2018

2:20 PM IST

Bring charm back to rail travel: Piyush Goyal

It’s been 366 days since I took over as Railways minister. I have had one mantra - To bring the charm back to rail travel, says Piyush Goyal.

2:10 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi takes on demonetisation and GST

Congress president Rahul Gandhi questioned the motive behind demonetisation and GST.


ICYMI: Here’s a throwback to the morning session

HT Leadership Summit will resume at 2.10 pm. In the meanwhile, here’s a look at what the speakers said in the morning session:

Cannot allow anyone to promote violence: Rajnath Singh at HTLS 2018

1:52pm IST

‘Will come together for 2019 polls’: Rahul Gandhi on tie-up with Mayawati

1:18 PM IST

Piyush Goyal to address the gathering at 2.10pm

Union Railways minister Piyush Goyal will make a special address at Hindustan Times Leadership Summit.

1:12 PM IST

Never had the talent for acting: Twinkle Khanna

I never had the talent for that: Twinkle Khanna on why she doesn’t get back into acting.

1:07 PM IST

Twinkle Khanna on #MeToo movement in Bollywood

I am not a representative. I felt strongly about it, and I spoke up on it, says Twinkle Khanna.

I spoke in support of Tanushree Dutta and said that she is very brave and paving the way for all of us: Twinkle Khanna.

1:05 PM IST

Twinkle Khanna’s take on feminism

The chaffing between what a woman is and what she is meant to be is something we have to explore, says Twinkle Khanna.

Twinkle Khanna says there are two sorts of feminists - 1) I have had the privilege of living life on my own terms and I will let people draw inspiration. 2) I have had the priviege of living life on my own terms and I will do something to improve the lifes of other women

12:59 PM IST

Is it time to reimagine how women are written about?

You should use the past to power the future. I feel strongly about how women are treated in our society. It is not going to get solved with 1 book, but the society need to work on it, says Amish Tripathi.

Laxman Rekha is not there in the original Ramayana. In one other version of Ramayana, Sita killed Ravana. Throught my stories, I am just trying to bring that out: Amish Tripathi.

12:57 PM IST

Twinkle Khanna on why everybody needs a wife

Twinkle Khanna says that

12:56 PM IST

Our scriptures greatest source of wisdom: Amish Tripathi

I genuinely believe that there is wonderful wisdom in our scriptures. One of the misfortunes of India is that liberals of India have not read any of these, but still dish them out: Amish Tripathi.

12:50 PM IST

I build my column around 3 jokes: Twinkle Khanna

My deadline is Friday afternoon. I start writing on Monday. I like to have 3 jokes in my column. The rest of the column is built around those: Twinkle Khanna.

12:47 PM IST

Twinkle Khanna on her writing style

Millions of people watch cricket, doesn’t mean they can play. So when I started writing, I wasn’t sure if I would do well, says Twinkle Khanna.

I always look for news ways to express myself in my columns: Twinkle Khanna.

12:40 PM IST

Twinkle Khanna and Amish Tripathi on how they become authors

People have a concept about identity. But in my head, Identity is like a snake which keeps shedding skin: says Twinkle Khanna.

I was a banker for 14 years.I was always passionate about reading. It is not like I aspired to be a writer. There was an idea and I was writing for myself, says Amish Tripathi.

12:25 PM IST

Rajnath Singh on action against mob lynchings

Tackling mob lynchings is a state subject. The central govt can only issue advisories to states, tell them what to do: Rajnath Singh

12:16 PM IST

BJP-PDP experiment was not successful: Rajnath

I will admit the experiment of BJP, PDP alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir was not successful: Home Minister Rajnath Singh at HT Leadership Summit 2018

12:12 PM IST

Rajnath Singh on Kashmir issue

There were 6,000 terror incidents in 1995. There were approximately 360 such incidents in 2017, says Rajnath Singh.

12:09 PM IST

Nobody in this country should be allowed to promote violence: Rajnath

Home minister Rajnath Singh says that Naxalism is the biggest challenge the nation faces today.
He adds that nobody should be allowed to promote violence in the country.

12:05 PM IST

Need to strengthen rural economy

Farmers are the biggest producer and consumer, but not enough has been done to solve their problems: Home Minister Rajnath Singh at HT Leadership Summit 2018.

The government will fulfill its commitment of doubling farm income by 2022, says Rajnath.

11:59 AM IST

Rajnath Singh on farmers protest

I invited protesting farmers at Delhi, UP border and had discussions with them for 2-3 hours: Home Minister Rajnath Singh at HT Leadership Summit 2018.

What the government has promised to protesting farmers will be fulfilled, says Rajnath.

11:54 AM IST

Home minister Rajnath Singh at HTLS

Rajnath Singh hit back at Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s comments saying that BJP government is strengthening institutions as that is an important aspect for democracy.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s allegation that BJP is taking over institutions is baseless. He should given at least one example of where this has happened, says Rajnath.

11:46 AM IST

Messi or Ronaldo?

It is difficult to compare Messi and Ronaldo. Their styles are different.

If I had to decide for my team, I would choose Messi, says Pele.

11:42 AM IST

Pele on state of Indian football

One decision you would take to improve Indian football: Youngsters should spend three months in Brazil.

11:39 AM IST

Pele on Brazil ruling the football stage

‘God coaches Brazil’, says Pele on how Brazil produced great footballers year after year

11:34 AM IST

Pele’s favourite footballer from his era

Zico, Socrates are the players I would buy a ticket to go and watch, says Pele

11.32 AM IST

Pele on his favourite teammates

There were many. Didi, Garrincha, Falcao are some of the great players who helped me: Pele

11:29 AM IST

Pele on his first World Cup call up

Pele on getting call up for 1958 World Cup: The president of the Santos club was a friend of my father and although I wanted to join Corinthians, my father asked me to join Santos. A year later I was called up to the national team for the World Cup.

When my friends told you have been selected for the national team of Brazil for the world cup in Sweden, I said you are joking, says Pele.

11:26 AM IST

Pele on his first football coach

I think my father was a bit jealous of my first coach Waldemar de Brito. de Brito discovered me and helped me enormously. I thank god for putting de Brito in my life: Football legend Pele at HTLS 2018

11:24 AM IST

My father was my inspiration: Pele

My father was the person who encouraged me to play football. He was my inspiration, says Pele at Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2018.

11:20 AM IST

Pele on what he wanted to be as a kid

First time I went to the airport, I went to sell peanuts. When I saw a plane I said I want to be a pilot one day, says Pele.

11:18 AM IST

Pele on how he got the name

My father gave me the name after Thomas Edison.

Pe in Portugese means ‘foot’. On the football field, they would call me Pele.

11:15 AM IST

Bhaichung Bhutia welcomes Pele

Welcome back to India, you first came to India in 1977 to play against Mohun Bagan, says Bhaichung Bhutia.

In reply Pele says, “I Used to make a joke, I was in India earlier. I was born in a small town. Thank you India for the all the love.”

11:10 AM IST

Pele, more than just a football legend

Named one of the “Top 20 Most Important People of the 20th Century” (Time Magazine) and “Football Player of the Century” (FIFA), Pele today maintains his commitment to the sport and to society by fulfilling various roles as spokesperson, ambassador and philanthropist.

10:55 AM IST

Next session with Football legend Pele

Football legend Pele will be in conversation with Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia shortly.

10:53 AM IST

No special person in my life: Rahul Gandhi

10:50 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi speaks at HTLS 2018

A vision that’s attempting to capture institutions of the country is dangerous: Rahul Gandhi at HTLS 2018

I have a thinking that everybody has a perspective about the world. I don’t get agitated when I am criticized or attacked: Rahul Gandhi.

10:46 AM IST

Expect to win a lot of seats in 2019: Rahul Gandhi

On being asked how many seats he expects to win in 2019 elections, Rahul Gandhi says ‘A lot’.

10:45 AM IST

India needs 21st century institutions: Rahul Gandhi

The country needs to build 21st century institutions: Rahul Gandhi at HTLS 2018

10:40 AM IST

3 things that Rahul Gandhi would do if voted to power

1) I will strengthen the small and medium enterprise.

2) I will make farmers feel they are important

3) I will build a low cost-high quality medical and education infrastructure.

10:36 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi on his leadership style

On being asked How Rahul Gandhi’s leadership style is different from mother Sonia?

He says, ‘She goes on feeling, I go on thinking.'

10:31 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi on India's foreign policy

You cannot disconnect what’s happening in the world with what’s happening in the country. Foreign policy has no strategic thought. You do something on Doklam--then you do something else. Nepal is gone, Maldives is gone: Rahul Gandhi at Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2018

10:29 AM IST

Two central problems in India: Rahul Gandhi

There are two central problems. One is there are no jobs. Open up small, medium businesses. But the govt is attacking them, says Rahul Gandhi.

10:20 AM IST

Congress the ideological centre fighting BJP

The ideological centre that is fighting the BJP can only be the Congress: Rahul Gandhi at Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2018.

The idea of the RSS is to take over all institutions in the country, says Rahul Gandhi.

10:15 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi on his temple visits

I have been going to temples, gurdwaras, mosques for years. Suddenly it has become publicised--I guess BJP doesn’t like it. It infuriates them, says Rahul Gandhi

Maybe BJP feels only they can go to temples, adds Rahul Gandhi

10:14 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi on Congress-BSP alliance

I don’t see the (Congress) alliance with BSP not working out impacting us in elections, says Rahul Gandhi at HTLS 2018.

10:12 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi on Demonetisation and GST

Demonetisation wiped out 2% of the GDP. We had a different concept of the GST too, but the government did not listen to us, says Rahul Gandhi.

10:10 AM IST

Govt has gone on war with people: Rahul Gandhi

The government has gone to war with the people, says Rahul Gandhi at HTLS 2018.

10:07 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi speaks at HTLS 2018

India is a partnership between all its peoples. We don’t believe in binaries: Rahul Gandhi at Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2018

We must re-imagine that India where the mind is without fear, says Rahul Gandhi

10:05 AM IST

Today India is in fear: Rahul Gandhi

A single, suffocating ideology is being imposed upon 1.2 bn Indians: Rahul Gandhi at Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2018 in Delhi

What is a country if it’s not about conversation, Gandhi adds.


Rahul Gandhi begins keynote address

Congress president Rahul Gandhi is the first speaker at Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2018.

9:50 AM IST

Bhaichung Bhutia in the house

Former Indian Football team captain Bhaichung Bhutia has arrived at the HTLS summit. He will be in conversation with Pele at 11.05am today.

9:40 AM IST

From the archives: Hindustan Times Leadership Summit over the years

From Obama to Arnold Schwarzenegger, here’s a montage of all the prominent speakers that have graced the summit.

9:35 AM IST

As guests eagerly await to enter the hall and hear Rahul Gandhi deliver the keynote address, take a look at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit venue.

9:30 AM IST

Just 30 minutes to go for Hindustan Leadership Summit

Join the leaders of today and tomorrow as they explore and reimagine the future at the 16th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit. Sessions begin at 10 am.

Day 1 of the Summit will have the Football legend Pele in conversation with Former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia. Read more about Pele here.

9:22 AM IST

Take a look at what’s on display at HTLS today

9:15 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi to deliver keynote address at 10am

Rahul Gandhi is president of the Congress and the main opposition party’s voice, articulating its views and leading its attack on the government.

9:08 AM IST

HTLS Summit to begin soon