Rahul Gandhi in US: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday addressed Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) and spoke about an array of issues. Rahul Gandhi is on a two-week long visit to the US. During the trip he had addressed students of the prestigious University of California, Berkeley. In Washington DC, the Congress vice president interacted with members of the think-tank community, political leaders and government officials. Gandhi also addressed to a gathering at Princeton University. Today he addressed to overseas Indians in New York with the purpose of making them a part in India’s development.
Here top 5 takeaways
Tolerance: Rahul Gandhi while addressing the Indian National Overseas Congress in iconic Times Square raked up the issue of tolerance. The Congress Vice President said, “Biggest questions raised outside India now are what happened to tolerance that used to prevail? What happened to the harmony?”
Job creation: Rahul Gandhi has once again targetted the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre over job creation. Rahul Gandhi claimed that every day 30,000 new people enter the job market in India but only 450 are getting employed.
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Role of NRIs: While engaging with the overseas Indians, Rahul Gandhi invited them to work with Congress. “You (NRIs) have tremendous knowledge and understanding. I want to invite you to work with Congress to discuss vision going forward,” Gandhi said. “You are all NRIs, the original Congress movement was an NRI movement. Gandhiji, Nehru, Ambedkar, Azad, Patel were all NRIs,” Rahul Gandhi said. “Everywhere you look there is an Indian working for US and India, building both countries. You are our backbone,” he said.
Peaceful coexistence: “For 1000s of years, India has had a reputation of peace and harmony. There are forces that are dividing India and ruining our reputation abroad,” he said. Gandhi said that India’s reputation is very important and underlined that countries in a violent world believe India has answers for peaceful coexistence in 21st century. “Our most important asset is that 1.3 billion people live together peacefully. India belongs to all of us, and that is what the Congress is,” he said.
Significance of IITs: Gandhi has said that prestigious academic institution like Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) needs to play a pivotal role if India wants to start to compete with the best. “If we connect our IITs to industry, businesses across the world, they will start to compete with the best,” Gandhi said. “There is huge opportunity for India to be world’s healthcare centre, we have to plan for it. Not talking about health tourism alone, Gandhi said..
What is Congress Party: Rahul Gandhi said that Congress is 130 years old. “…but we do not represent an organization, we represent a philosophy more than a 1000 years old.” “India has people of many religions, languages living happily together and reason they have been able to do so are the ideas of Congress,” Gandhi said.