1. Rahul Gandhi address at UC Berkeley: From 1984 anti-Sikh riots, China threat, to dynasty politics; 5 key takeaways

Rahul Gandhi address at UC Berkeley: From 1984 anti-Sikh riots, China threat, to dynasty politics; 5 key takeaways

Rahul Gandhi address at UC Berkeley: Congress Vice President today spoke his mind on an array of issues and came down heavily on the Narendra Modi government.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: September 12, 2017 9:04 AM
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Rahul Gandhi address at UC Berkeley: Congress Vice President today spoke his mind on an array of issues and came down heavily on the Narendra Modi government. Rahul, who is in the US, has addressed students of the prestigious University of California, Berkeley on ‘India at 70: Reflections on the Path Forward’, in which he offered his reflections on contemporary India and the path forward for the world’s largest democracy. The Congress had said its vice president Rahul Gandhi was visiting America to present the opposition’s perspective on contemporary India and the way forward for the world’s largest democracy. Yesterday he began his two-week visit during which he would interact with global thinkers and political leaders, and address overseas Indians as part of an outreach initiative by his party.

Here are top 5 takeaways of Rahul Gandhi speech at University of California, Berkley on ‘India at 70’

Anti Sikh riots: Congress Vice President has raked up the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in the country that took place after the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He said that he lost his father and grandmother to violence, “if I don’t understand violence then who will?,” Gandhi asked. On the alleged violence against the community during the 198 riots, Rahul said, “I am with them in their quest for justice, violence again anybody I strongly condemn.”

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China threat: Rahul Gandhi said, “India is a democratic country, unlike China it has to create jobs in an democratic environment.” He said that India cannot follow Chinese model of massive factories ‘controlled by fear’. His remarks bear significance especially aftermath of the Doklam standoff. PM Modi had met Chinese President Xi Jinping a few days back on the sidelines of 9th BRICS Summit in Xiamen.

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Dynasty politics: Rahul has also spoken about the dynasty politics in the country. “Most of the country runs like this, so don’t go after me, Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast, M K Stalin is a dynast, Mr Dhumal’s son is a dynast’. Asked about taking up executive role in the party, Rahul said he was absolutely ready for that, adding “but our party works according to organizational elections”.

Kashmir terrorism: Rahul Gandhi also blamed PM Modi for the Kashmir terrorism and claimed, “he massively opened up space for the terrorists in Kashmir, and you saw the increase in violence.” “PDP was instrumental in bringing youngsters in politics, but the day PM Modi made alliance with PDP, he destroyed them(PDP),” Rahul said. Lauding fomer PM Manmohan Singh for ‘breaking the back of terror’ in 2013, he said, “it was one of the biggest achievements”. “When we started, terrorism was rampant in Kashmir, when we finished there was peace, we had broken the back of terrorism. For 9 years I worked behind the scenes with PM Manmohan Singh, P Chidambaram, Jairam Ramesh and others on Jammu and Kashmir,” said Rahul.

Demonetisation and Job creation: Rahul has lashed out at PM Modi over the demonetisation and job creation. “Decision like demonetisation was taken without asking Chief Economic Advisor and Parliament and it has caused tremendous damage,” Gandhi said. “Small and medium entrepreneurs are the bedrock of India’s economic progress. No amount of growth is enough for India, if it is not accompanied by creation of jobs. Unlike China, India has to create jobs in a democratic environment,” said Gandhi.

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    Srihari Srihari
    Sep 12, 2017 at 9:20 am
    For 9 years I worked behind the scenes with PM Manmohan Singh, P Chidambaram, Jairam Ramesh and others on Jammu and Kashmir,” said Rahul .That is why the problem is becoming more and more tough to solve.!!!!!!
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