Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi who is on his US tour attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again during an outreach programme at the iconic Times Square in New York on Wednesday. The senior political leader urged the NRIs to stand up against those forces who are dividing the country. He added that this is very dangerous and is even hurting India’s reputation abroad. “For thousands of years India has had a reputation of peace and harmony. This is being challenged. There are forces in our country that are dividing the country and it is very dangerous for the country and it ruins our reputation abroad,” he said.
Rahul said that during his trip he was often asked the question, ‘What is going on in your country?’ The Congress vice-president said that India’s biggest asset is 1.3 billion people living happily, non-violently, peacefully and it cannot afford to lose that.
“India’s reputation in the world is very important. The world is transforming and people are looking towards us. China is rising, we have a relationship with the United States. Many countries in a violent world are looking to India and saying maybe, India has the answer to the 21st century. Maybe India has the answer for peaceful coexistence in the 21st century,” he added.
Rahul said that everywhere you look in America, you find an NRI who is working to build this country and thus, they are actually the backbone of India. Rahul added that he doesn’t view India as a piece of land but as a set of ideas. Talking about the importance of NRIs, the Congress leader reminded people that the original Congress movement was an NRI movement.
“Mahatma Gandhi was an NRI, Jawaharlal Nehru came back from England, Ambedkar, Azad, Patel, these were all NRIs. Every single one of them went to the outside world, saw the outside world, returned back to India and used some the ideas they got and transformed India. I’ll go even further, the biggest success in India, our friends in BJP said nothing happened, but one of the biggest successes in India, the milk that most of India drinks, it was man called Mr. Kurien, he was an NRI. He came from the United States and he transformed India. Sam is another example. There are thousands of examples that we have not recognised,” he added.
Speaking about the challenges India is facing right now, Rahul said that 30,000 youngsters come into the job market every single day and only 450 of them are getting a job. He said that this is the biggest challenge for India at the moment.