Rahul Gandhi at Princeton University: From India-China tussle, Make in India to unemployment, Congress VP attacks PM Modi; 5 key takeaways

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Rahul Gandhi at Princeton University: Congress Vice president Rahul Gandhi today highlighted issues concerning Sino-India relations, unemployment and job creation, gender parity and PM Modi's brainchild Make-in-India.

Rahul gandhi, India china relationship,  Princeton University, Congress Vice president, Make In India initiative, unemployment in India, Economic Competition, China india tiesGandhi took pains to highlight these points while addressing students of Princeton University in New Jersey. (Twitter)

Rahul Gandhi at Princeton University: Congress Vice president Rahul Gandhi today highlighted issues concerning Sino-India relations, unemployment and job creation, gender parity and PM Modi’s brainchild Make-in-India. Gandhi took pains to highlight these points while addressing students of Princeton University in New Jersey. Gandhi, who is in the US on a two-week-long tour, also held a series of meetings, including a roundtable with eminent Indian / South Asia experts hosted by the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Democratic-leaning thinktank. Here are the 5 key highlights of what Rahul Gandhi’s said at Princeton University:

Sino-India relationship:

Rahul Gandhi said India needs to compete with China and it is not being done well. Underscoring that China has a very clear vision, Gandhi wondered whether India has a similar one. Rahul also highlighted that China is moving ahead of India with ”tremendous power”. His prescription for the problem was that India, in order to compete, must work according to this reality.

PM Narendra Modi’s Make In India initiative:

Rahul Gandhi took a dig at Narendra Modi saying that Prime Minister’s flagship initiative Make-in-India should promote the small or less privileged business organizations instead of targeting the big business. ”PM Modi’s Make-in-India programme instead of targeting large business should concentrate on promoting small businesses,” Gandhi said.

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Unemployment in India:

Rahul Gandhi called ”unemployment” as the major threat to the nation’s growth. According to Gandhi, the pivotal question is how India is giving jobs to its people and if as an emerging country, people are still unemployed it’s difficult for them to have vision. The Central question is how India gives its people jobs. If you, as a modern country, are unable to give them jobs, it’s difficult to give them vision,” says Rahul Gandhi.

Gender equality:

Gender disparity is indeed concerning, not only in India but across the world. In such a scenario, Rahul Gandhi stressed on the importance of gender equality and how so little is being done towards attaining the gender parity goals. Gandhi said, ”No way near enough is being done as far as the gender equality is concerned.”

Economic Competition with China:

“There are two large migrations taking place – one is completely free and the other is centrally controlled. The systems respond differently. India and China are two huge countries that are transforming from agricultural countries to urban modern model countries. And that’s a huge chunk of the world population,” Gandhi said during his interaction. He said that there is “cooperation and there is competition” between the two most populous countries of the world, PTI reported.

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