Rahul Gandhi Addresses NRIs Congress Supporters at Times Square in New York, Says Contribution of Many Went Unsung
New York, September 22: Addressing a mammoth crowd of 2000 Non-resident Indian(NRI) supporters, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Bhim Rao Ambedkar were NRIs and contributed immensely to the freedom movement. Gandhi said Congress was born out of “NRI” movement.
Gandhi remarked while Mahatma Gandhi returned to India from South Africa, Jawahar Lal Nehru came back from England to contribute to the freedom struggle. He added the leaders went outside India to get new ideas and transformed it later.
Gandhi said, “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 of the ideas they got and transformed India.”
In the final leg of his two-week long tour to the USA, Gandhi Scion said the contribution of many NRIs went unrecognised.
Citing the example of late scientist Varghese Kurien, Gandhi said persons like Kurien brought white revolution to the country. Gandhi was quoted by The Times of India as saying, “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… There are thousands of examples that we have not recognised.”
Reflecting on the contribution made by NRIs, Gandhi called them ‘backbone of the country’ fuelling India’s growth. Gandhi emphasised India is set of ideas, not a geographical entity for him. He said, “Everywhere you look in this country, there is an Indian person working for America, working for India, living peacefully and building this country and our country… You are actually the backbone of our country. Some people view India as a geophraphical construct. I view India as a set of ideas. So for me, anybody who has the ideas that make up India is an Indian.”
Commenting on the failure of the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in generating jobs, Gandhi added the youth did not see any vision for them in India. He said, “The real challenge facing India is that 30,000 youngsters looking for a job and only 450 getting a job. You can imagine as this process continues what the result will be. India simply cannot give its youngsters a vision if it is unable to give them a job.”