Congress vice-president, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that India’s reputation of peace and harmony is being ruined abroad due to the dividing forces in the nation. Gandhi was addressing non-resident Indians in New York on the last day of his two-week tour to US.
“Many people in the Democratic party and the Republican party have asked me what is going on in your country,” he said. “India’s reputation in the world is very important,” he added.
Talking about his own party, Gandhi said the Congress movement was fundamentally an “NRI movement”. “Mahatma Gandhi was an NRI, Jawaharlal Nehru came back from England, BR Ambedkar, Chandrashekhar Azad, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel – these were all NRIs,” he added.
He also reiterated the importance of creating job opportunities. “The Congress party has the vision to solve this problem…We believe that if you are to create millions and millions of jobs in India, it has to be done by empowering small and medium businesses and entrepreneurs,” he said.
Gandhi is on a two-week-long tour in the US. He started his tour with an address at the University of California in Berkeley last week. He also noted that unemployment and intolerance were the main issues holding back India’s development on Monday.