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Arjun Rampal: “Oh Teri! Yeh jeet gaya?”

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Actor Arjun Rampal: “Oh Teri! (Oh my God) Yeh jeet gaya? (he won?). Hope all visiting America have got their visas!!!”

Actor Arjun Rampal: “Oh Teri! (Oh my God) Yeh jeet gaya? (he won?). Hope all visiting America have got their visas!!!”

Bollywood has mixed reactions to Donald Trump’s win in the US Presidential Election

Donald Trump won the presidential election in USA as the world closely watched.

While many disliked him for his 'radical' thought and comment against women, some intellectuals liked his aggressiveness and anti-terrorist statements.

Donald Trump presidential campaigning, Las Vegas, America - 21 Jan 2016

In the run up to the US elections an emerged from India. Someone had printed out a picture of Donald Trump’s face and thumbed vermillion on his forehead, in a sign of reverence. There he sat alongside the incense, offerings and Hindu gods.

In India, intellectuals and business people have welcomed Trump’s victory. They expect Trump will create a new chapter of relationship with India.

Here are a few from inside the Indian film industry voicing their opinion.

Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit

Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit

Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit

“Congratulations Donald Trump for being elected as the 45th President of America with a great mandate.”

Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma

Ram Gopal Varma

Ram Gopal Varma

“I predicted Trump’s win and now my prediction is he will be greatest president ever. Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy will be forgotten.”

Sophie Choudry

Sophie Choudry

Sophie Choudry

“One thing is for sure. It’s not Obama who proved anyone could be president. It is Trump who has trumped them all!”

Filmmaker Shirish Kunder

Filmmaker Shirish Kunder

Filmmaker Shirish Kunder

“Good thing about Donald Trump becoming President is that now we can use the same tweets for Indian and American politics.”

Director Shekhar Kapur

Director Shekhar Kapur

Director Shekhar Kapur

“Donald Trump 45th President of the United States! US Media is realising they no longer represent the opinion of the majority.”

Abhishek Kapoor

Abhishek Kapoor

Abhishek Kapoor

“America… breatheee… it’s gonna be ok. Change is the only constant.”

Director Vikram Bhatt

Vikram Bhatt

Vikram Bhatt

“TRUMP? Now the US has their own version of Brexit!!”

Music director Vishal Dadlani

Vishal Dadlani

Vishal Dadlani

“Leaving NYC. Hoping to pass out on the plane, and wake up in London, to find that Trump was a horrific collective nightmare, but it’s not.”

#PrayForOrlando: Faith groups unite in aftermath of Florida shooting

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KILLER: Omar Mateen opened fire at the Orlando nightclub

KILLER: Omar Mateen opened fire at the Orlando nightclub

Following the largest mass shooting in US history earlier this week - in which 50 people were killed and many injured – world, faith and community leaders have come together to condemn the actions of the lone gunman.

29-year-old Omar Mateen, originally from New York, opened fire at an Orlando gay club in the early hours of Sunday 12th June. Police eventually shot him dead in the club’s bathroom.

Vigils and tributes were seen across the States and around the world for the victims and their families whilst faith leaders were quick to denounce the actions of Mateen.

The American Muslim community united against the attack, with several mosques hosting inclusive iftars with members of the LGBT community - who were invited to break fast with Muslims as part of their Ramadan celebrations.

In Toronto, around 200 people attended such an event, organised by the Toronto Unity Mosque, with around one third of those not identifying themselves as Muslim.

Event organizer and founder of the mosque, El-Farouk Khaki told ABC News, it was a simple concept which needed to be shared at this tragic time.

TRAGIC: 50 people were killed and 53 wounded in the attack at Pulse night club

TRAGIC: 50 people were killed and 53 wounded in the attack at Pulse night club

“The idea was to break bread together and to meet your neighbours,” Khaki said.

“The Peace Iftar is something we have been doing since 2003. I was inspired to create this event after being invited to a Passover seder by a Lesbian Jewish couple.”

He added: “No community is a monolith, there is no such thing as the LGBTI community or the Muslim community, we have communities within communities within communities.”

In New York, the annual ‘Iftar in the Park’ event saw 200 Muslims pray for the victims of the attack in a public display of solidarity.

Food was shared between members of different communities

In Orlando, Rasha Mubarak, regional coordinator for Orlando’s branch of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), an advocacy organization, said: “We condemn this monstrous attack and offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed or injured.

“The Muslim community joins our fellow Americans in repudiating anyone or any group that would claim to justify or excuse such an appalling act of violence.”

US reactions:

donald trump (326x450)Donald Trump: “[We need to] suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies until we fully understand how to end these threats.

“Although the pause is temporary, we must find out what is going on. It will be lifted, this ban, when and if we as a nation are in a position to properly and perfectly screen these people coming into our country. They’re pouring in and we don’t know what we’re doing.

“We cannot continue to allow thousands upon thousands of people to pour into our country, many of whom have the same thought-process as this savage killer.”

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Hilary Clinton: “Inflammatory anti-Muslim rhetoric and threatening to ban the families and friends of Muslim Americans as well as millions of Muslim business people and tourists from entering our country hurts the vast majority of Muslims who love freedom and hate terror.

“If the FBI is watching you for a suspected terrorist link, you shouldn’t be able to just go buy a gun with no questions asked. And you shouldn’t be able to exploit loopholes and evade criminal background checks by buying online or at a gun show.

“And yes, if you’re too dangerous to get on a plane, you are too dangerous to buy a gun in America.”

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Barack Obama: “This is a devastating attack on all Americans. It is one that is particularly painful for the people of Orlando, but I think we all recognize that this could have happened anywhere in this country. And we feel enormous solidarity and grief on behalf of the families that have been affected.

"The fact that it took place at a club frequented by the LGBT community I think is also relevant. We’re still looking at all the motivations of the killer. But it’s a reminder that regardless of race, religion, faith or sexual orientation, we’re all Americans, and we need to be looking after each other and protecting each other at all times in the face of this kind of terrible act.”

“You fit right here!”

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RIGHT WHERE YOU BELONG: Obama said Muslims are part of America and that the US protects all faiths.

RIGHT WHERE YOU BELONG: Obama said Muslims are part of America and that the US protects all faiths.

President Obama has a clear message for American Muslims

After seven years in office, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, has finally set his foot inside a mosque on US soil.

On Wednesday, he told people who had gathered at the Islamic Society of Baltimore that he refused to accept political rhetoric against Muslim-Americans from Republican presidential candidates.

Obama described Muslims as essential to the fabric of America.

He said: “Let me say as clearly as I can as president of the United States: you fit right here.

“You're right where you belong. You're part of America too. You're not Muslim or American. You're Muslim and American.”

The President continued: "We can't be bystanders to bigotry.

“Together, we've got to show that America truly protects all faiths. As we protect our country from terrorism, we should not reinforce the ideas and the rhetoric of the terrorists themselves.”

Obama described conversations with young Muslim parents whose children are worried about being removed from the country and demanded that people of all faiths be accepted without prejudice into the United States.

“Here at this mosque, and across our country and around the world, Muslim leaders are roundly and repeatedly and consistently condemning terrorism,” he said.

“And around the globe, Muslims who've dared to speak out have often been targeted and even killed. So those voices are there; we just have to amplify them more.

“We have to ... lift up the contributions of the Muslim-American community not when there's a problem, but all the time. Our television shows should have some Muslim characters that are unrelated to national security. It's not that hard to do.”

Obama has visited mosques in the past, but never inside the United States, which is home to around 2.75 million Muslims, according to figures from the Pew Research Center.

Many Muslims were not impressed with Obama’s mosque visit and accused him of hypocrisy and ‘anti-Muslim policies’ using the Twitter hashtag #TooLateObama.

‏@Delo_Taylor said: “Gitmo [Guantanamo Bay] is still open. Drones still dropping hellfire. US backed war all over the Middle East/Africa. One #MosqueVisit. #TooLateObama


‏@ramahkudaimi said: “New generation of Muslim Americans sick of apologizing for being Muslim while US kills worldwide.”

Obama noted that Islam has always been part of America, as many slaves brought from Africa were Muslim and kept their faith alive even in bondage.

Muslim Americans range from scientists and soldiers to sports heroes like Muhammad Ali.

Conspiracy theorists have been peddling out that Obama is in fact a Muslim posing as a Christian.

On Wednesday the President noted that founding father Thomas Jefferson had also faced suggestions from opponents that he was Muslim.

“So I was not the first,” Obama said to laughter. “No, it’s true. Look it up. I’m in good company.”

Barak Obama is first U.S. president to attend India’s Republic Day parade

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HISTORIC: President Barak Obama is first U.S. president to attend India's Republic Day parade, until a year ago India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was banned from entering the United States

HISTORIC: President Barak Obama is first U.S. president to attend India's Republic Day parade, until a year ago India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was banned from entering the United States

Despite being banned until a year ago from entering the US, Modi is now an ‘ally’ says President Obama on his India visit

The White House has said during a visit to New Delhi by President Barack Obama that India could play a role in battling Islamic State.

U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said India's involvement could focus on intelligence on the flow of money and militants to the radical Islamist group active in Syria and Iraq rather than deploying troops on the ground.

"When you look at our broader counter-terrorism cooperation and how we're tracking the flow of fighters and terrorist financing there, I do think we want to find space for cooperation,"

he told reporters.

The comments came hours after Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi together watched a dazzling Republic Day military parade. Excitement ran high over Obama's visit, which began on Sunday 25th January with a clutch of deals to unlock billions of dollars in nuclear trade and deepen defence ties.

Most significant was an agreement on issues that, despite a groundbreaking 2006 pact, had stopped U.S. companies from setting up nuclear reactors in India and had become one of the major irritants in bilateral relations.

Until a year ago, Modi had been banned from visiting the United States after deadly Hindu-Muslim riots in 2002 in a state he governed.

Obama was the first U.S. president to attend India's Republic Day parade, a show of military prowess that was long associated with the anti-Americanism of the Cold War.

He and Modi sat behind a rain-spotted screen as the parade unfolded along Rajpath, an elegant lawn-bordered boulevard dating from the British colonial era that connects the presidential palace to India Gate.

Helicopters showered petals on the crowds, and then tanks, missiles, stiffly saluting soldiers, brass bands and dancers filed past the guests.

Security was tight across the city, where tens of thousands of police and paramilitary personnel were deployed on street corners and rooftops.

Obama's presence at the parade - at Modi's personal invitation - marks the latest upturn in a roller-coaster relationship that a year ago was scarred by protectionism and a fiery diplomatic spat.

The United States views India as a vast market and potential counterweight in Asia to a more assertive China, but has frequently been frustrated with the slow pace of New Delhi's economic reforms and unwillingness to side with Washington in international affairs.

Elected last May, Modi has injected a new vitality into the economy and foreign relations and, to Washington's delight, has begun pushing back against China across Asia.

India, with the world's third-largest population of Muslims, has not openly engaged so far in international efforts to combat the spread of Islamic State. Indian Muslims have largely shunned radical causes, and police say only four Indians are known to have joined the group.

Analysts say that, under Modi, India appears more willing to engage on issues beyond its borders, including security in the South China Sea and Islamist militancy.

Modi and Obama have committed to close consultation on global crises, including in Iraq and Syria.

They also agreed to a 10-year framework for defence ties and struck deals on cooperation that included joint production of drone aircraft and equipment for Lockheed Martin Corp's C-130 military transport plane.

Other deals ranged from an Obama-Modi hotline - India's first at a leadership level - to financing initiatives aimed at helping India use renewable energy to lower carbon intensity.