Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will hold closed-door interaction with conservative as well as liberal think-tanks like Centre for American Progress and American Foreign Policy Council on Monday in Washington, according to Indian Express report. Gandhi, who is visiting the US, will also have an interaction with students at the Princeton University. He had already attended an event at the University of California and spent time in Los Angeles. Before concluding the trip, Gandhi will attend a reception hosted by the US chapter of the Indian National Overseas Congress at Marriott Marquis hotel at Times Square on Wednesday. Milind Deora and Sam Pitroda have been the integral part of the team that got Gandhi to US and in setting his programme.
On September 11, Gandhi had begun his two-week visit to the US. Gandhi had 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. Gandhi was received at the San Francisco airport by senior Congress leader Sam Pitroda, who also a close confidante of his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, and Shudh Singh, the president of Indian National Overseas Congress (INOC) US.
“He is here at the University of California Berkeley, where Pandit (Jawaharlal Nehru) addressed in 1949 as the Prime Minister. Today we are at the crossroads where core value of Indian democracy secularism and pluralistic society is in danger,” Congress spokesman Madhu Goud Yaskhi had said. “He strongly believes in these values for India to be a strong nation, and what is the way forward for India and his views and his thoughts about India’s future,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.