Rahul Gandhi said the idea of non-violence is under attack in India today. “Hatred, anger and violence and the politics of polarisation has raised its ugly head in India today.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi admitted on Tuesday that a “certain amount of arrogance” had crept into the party midway through UPA II, and it had stopped having “conversations with people”.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has declared he is ready to be the party’s prime ministerial candidate for the 2019 general elections.
Gandhi criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation and the “hastily implemented” Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime that he said caused “tremendous damage to the Indian economy”.
This is for the first time the Gandhi scion has publicly affirmed his readiness to be the Congress choice for the top post.
Speaking at the University of California, Berkeley, Rahul also admitted that the UPA’s 2004 vision had a ‘sell-by date’ of 10 years, and it “was already not working” by 2010-11.
Rahul Gandhi said dynastic politics “is a problem in all political parties in India” but that was how “most of the country runs like”.
Rahul said former Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav, son of Mulayam Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party, MK Stalin, son of M Karunanidhi of DMK, BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal’s son Anurag Thakur, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s son Abhishek Bachchan, Dhirubhai Ambani’s sons Mukesh and Anil were all examples of dynastic legacy in India.
While Rahul criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s politics and policies, he also had a word of praise for him. “Modi has certain skills. He is a very good communicator, probably much better than me.
The politics of hate divides and polarises India, making millions of people feel that they have no future in their own country. In today’s connected world, this is extremely dangerous. It isolates people and makes them vulnerable to radical ideas,” Rahul said.