While addressing a gathering at Times Square in New York on Wednesday, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in a veiled attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government said, India’s reputation as a country of peace and harmony is in danger abroad because of divisive forces at work at home and urged NRIs to stand up against “those dividing the country”.
Gandhi said that people around the globe are questioning that why tolerance level in India is reducing and where is that harmony which once prevailed. "The single biggest thing most people told me and the questions raised outside India is what has happened to the tolerance that used to prevail in India? What has happened to the harmony in India? There are couple of challenges that India is facing. There is a divisive politics going on in India," said Gandhi.
"Some people view India as a piece of land, but I view India as a set of ideas, we have many religions, many languages, every one of them living happily that is due to idea of Congress," Gandhi further said.
"The world is transforming and people are looking towards us. China is rising and we have relationship with the United States. Many countries in a violent world are looking towards India and are saying that may be India has the answer for peaceful coexistence in 21st century. So we cannot afford to lose our most powerful asset. Our most powerful asset is that 1.3 billion people lived happily, non-violently and peacefully. India belongs to all of us, and that is what the Congress Party is," said Gandhi.
While Gandhi restated his vision for the country based on the principal themes of jobs, agriculture, education and healthcare, he appealed to the community to come to India and work for the country and the congress party, telling them non-resident Indians had always played a critical role in India’s progress.
Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Abdul Kalam Azad, Sardar Patel and B R Ambedkar were all non-resident Indians, he said, who brought to India their learnings when they returned and transformed the country. “You need to get involved, you have tremendous knowledge, tremendous understanding.”
Twitterati too had some opinions regarding Gandhi's speech. Have a look:
Dear Rahul, you still retain the same charm and intellect you had when you were in 8th grade.
— The ϽΓΣⱤẛ∁ (@CholericCleric) September 21, 2017
कांग्रेस के युवराज को US इलेक्शन मे हाथ मार लेना चाहिये शायद रही सही इज्जत बच जाय भारत के चुनाव मे तो दाल गलने वाली नहीं है
— @Sureshkavar (@Sureshkavar1) September 21, 2017
Disclaimer: This video will make your brain go numb, body act crazy and send you right into a mental asylum which the speaker escaped from.
— Suresh Kochattil (@kochattil) September 21, 2017
@RahulGandlhi UPA voted out due to massive corruption, ineptitude governance, silent PM , policy paralysis , nepotism lack of leadership
— Vikram Bhojwani (@bhojwani_vikram) September 21, 2017
Bhai aap apane dimag ka ilaz karvav aur desh ko badnam karna band kardo,
— parekh ranpariya (@parekh_BJP) September 21, 2017
Most people must be worried about you #Pappu
How can you think of being the PM of India
— Varsha Rajpoot (@Varshaa_Rajpoot) September 21, 2017
आप इंडिया आ जाओ जल्दी से नही तो भाजपा को कौन ज्यादा सीटें जितवेगा।।
आप भाजपा के स्टार प्रचारक है राहुल जी।
— Jyoti V. Rajpoot (@SinghJyoti155) September 21, 2017
जहाँ भाजपा "कोंग्रेस्स मुक्त भारत" बनाने की कोशिश में लगी हुई है,
वही कोंग्रेस्स देश को " हिन्दु मुक्त भारत" बनाना चाहती है !!!!#Rohingya
— दरोगा हप्पू सिंह। (@b04veOO3XwevsmH) September 21, 2017
विदेशों में जाकर देश के प्रधानमन्त्री को गाली दे रहा है, ऐसा पप्पू किसी ने देखा है?
— Pragati Singh (@Pragatisingh0) September 21, 2017
— Sandeep Srivastava (@SandeeP__Vns) September 21, 2017
Sir the India I stay in is more tolerant. Don't know which India u stay or is referring to?
— Amchi Mumbai (@MumbaiAmchi) September 21, 2017
Tolerance at the cost of my own beliefs, my religion..Never. u always wanted to make hinduism a second grade religion in own country. shame
— Abhishek Diwan (@abhishekplaudit) September 21, 2017
— Anil Sharma (@AnilSha35304314) September 21, 2017
What was the need of Rahul going 2 US & addressing the ppl instead of working 4 future elections in India?
— Hindu Nationalist (@HemanshuJoshi3) September 21, 2017