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Rahul Gandhi offends Indians in bid to defame BJP in UK

While the BJP expectedly condemned the interview in London, journalists and other Twitter users highlighted the hypocrisy and danger in what Rahul Gandhi asserted

In a bid to tell a British audience that the current Indian government is not working to his liking, INC’s former president Rahul Gandhi has angered a lot of Indians back home, as parts of his speech sounded like defaming the country rather than the Narendra Modi dispensation. Gandhi infuriated many in the country by defining India in a communist way, describing it as a union of its provinces.

“Whenever Rahul Gandhi goes abroad, he portrays a negative picture of India,” BJP spokesman Gaurav Bhatia said, but that was a partisan remark. Twitter users were unsparing in condemnation of the speech by Gandhi where he said India was no longer a good place, as the present government had spread kerosene all over it and that the country was waiting for a spark to burn out.

“India is not in a good place. has spread kerosene all over the country. You need one spark & we’ll be in big trouble. I think that’s also the responsibility of the opposition, the Congress that brings people, communities, states and religions together,” Rahul Gandhi said in London.

“The more worrying part of Rahul Gandhi’s speech was not his stupid assertion that India is not a nation, it was his claim that, with the country now doused in kerosene, all you need is a spark. What is he planning? This man is not dumb, he is dangerous,” wrote microbiologist and political commentator Anand Ranganathan.

Rahul Gandhi also somehow saw a parallel in the Indian situation and the Russia-Ukraine war: “Please see the parallel. What’s going on in Ukraine and what is happening in Ladakh?” He said that like Russia had clearly said it would not accept Ukraine’s relationship with the West as China had refused to accept Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh as Indian territories.

spokesman Bhatia reacted to the analogy, saying, “Rahul Gandhi’s situation in politics is like someone who wants to appear in the PhD exam but does not like books and has not even passed nursery.”

“Rahul Gandhi does not even know the A, B, C, D of foreign affairs. But he comments non-stop. His comment comparing Ukraine’s situation with Ladakh’s proves that Rahul Gandhi is not aware of either India’s strength or foreign affairs,” the spokesperson said remembering the sacrifice of Galwan hero Colonel Santosh Babu.

“Rahul Gandhi also said India’s situation is like Pakistan. We know that you are not fond of reading. But I warn you Rahul Gandhi, do not compare India with terror-country Pakistan,” Bhatia said. But as said above, that was an expected criticism from a political rival.

Akhilesh Mishra, the CEO of BlueKraft Digital Foundation, wrote, “Rahul Gandhi has every right to question the record of Modi government, including rubbishing it altogether (no matter how incorrect it may be). But to rubbish India in a foreign land? In front of a foreign audience? To sabotage India’s chances of attracting investment? Who would think of sabotaging India in a foreign land? Surely not someone who hopes to be on power some day.”

“Only the overground faces of Naxalites or the terror groups collaborate with external agents to harm India and plot for break up. What is Rahul Gandhi’s aim?” asked Mishra.

Journalist Rakesh Krishnan Simha found a problem with another part of Gandhi’s interview where the INC leader lamented the fact that the India of today was no longer listening to Europeans. “Rahul Gandhi typifies the public educated secular Indian who thinks Indians should obey white people. Says: ‘I was talking to some European bureaucrats. They say Indian Foreign Service has completely changed. They don’t listen to us. They are arrogant… You can’t do that,'” Simha quoted.

Gandhi also thinks a certain corporation controls all economic activities in India. “I think it’s very dangerous for one company to control all airports, all ports, all the infrastructure. It (private sector monopoly) has never existed in this form. It has never existed with such a massive concentration of power & capital,” Gandhi said in London on 20 May.

And the INC politician thinks the media is controlled by a crony. “This is another aspect that is throttling the conversation because there is control of the media through this concentration of capital,” Gandhi said at the in London.

“Democracy in India is a global public good. It is a central anchor for the planet. Because we are the only people who have managed democracy at the scale that we have. If that cracks, it is going to cause a problem for the planet,” he said.

“We believe India is a negotiation between its people; The and the RSS believe India is a geography. That it is a ‘Sone Ki Chidiya‘ whose benefits should be distributed to a few,” the INC leader alleged.

A Twitter user hit back, saying Gautam Adani’s rise in business was facilitated by a Congress government that gave away the Mundra port to the entrepreneur when he had just started his career for a token fee of Re 1. The Adani group first got wasteland in Mundra from the Gujarat Congress-backed Chimanbhai Patel government in 1993 and then from another INC-supported government headed by Shankersinh Vaghela in 1997, the user pointed out.

Another Twitter user wrote that the Dighi port, Mumbai aiport, a private airport in Baramati and the Rs 5,000 crore project on RTO land were some of the contracts the Maharashtra government, where Gandhi’s party is a part of the ruling coalition, gave away to the Adani group. And “this is just one state,” the user commented.

Journalist-turned-researcher/activist Anuj Dhar saw a problem with the organisers of the seminar where Gandhi spoke. He tweeted that the interviewer was a grandnephew of Subhas Chandra Bose and “a certified agent of Congress. Earlier, he organised an ‘EVM Hackathon’ in London, where some absurd conspiracy theories were floated with the aim of giving India a bad name, and, in the process, boosting the prospects of Rahul Gandhi,” Dhar wrote.

Dhar was referring to Ashish Ray, the interviewer.

Organised by an outfit that calls itself Bridge India, the listed as speakers Rahul Gandhi, Salman Khurshid, KT Rama Rao, Mahua Moitra, Tejashvi Yadav, Sitaram Yechury, Amitabh Beher (CEO of Oxfam), RJD’s Manoj Kumar Jha, Congress’ Sam Pitroda, NewsLaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri and Pushparaj Deshpande (Founder of Samruddha Bharat Foundation) amongst others.

Rahul Gandhi in a group photograph with CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, INC leader Salman Khurshid, Trinamool Congress MP Mohua Moitra, RJD leaders Tejashwi Prasad and Manoj Jha during the ‘Ideas for India’ conclave in London, in the United Kingdom

Bridge India’s partner Samruddha Bharat lists trustees where three members, out of seven, are associated with the party of Rahul Gandhi — KTS Tusli, Gurdeep Sappal and Pushparaj Deshpande.

Samruddha Bharat’s advisers are RJD’s Manoj Kumar Jha, leader Javed Ali Khan, Rashtriya Lok Dal’s Jayant Singh, CPM leader Tikender Panwar, former Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha who had been nominated by the INC to the upper house, INC veteran Salman Khurshid and Karnataka Congress’s Rajiv Gowda.

Samruddha Bharat has connections with propagandist organisations Oxfam and Amnesty International, with Amitabh Beher, the Oxfam India CEO, as one of its advisers while his predecessor Nisha Agrawal is on the panel too. Another adviser Salil Shetty was the secretary-general of Amnesty International.

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