Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi asserted that there was a growing concern in the US over threats to tolerance in India and asked the Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) to stand up against the “forces” that helped in dividing the nation.
Speaking at a meeting on Wednesday organised here by the Indian National Overseas Congress (INOC), he said that during his current visit to the US, he met people from the Administration and also member of the Republican and Democratic parties who asked him: “What happened to the tolerance that prevailed in India? What happened to the harmony?”
“The divisive politics was ruining India’s reputation abroad and NRIs in the tradition of the great NRIs before them, should stand up to those dividing India now,” Gandhi said.
“Across the world, populism and intolerance were on the rise and the world was wondering if India has the answers for bringing about peace.” About 2,000 people attended the event held at a hotel in Times Square as a part of the Congress Party’s drive to build up its ranks among the NRIs.
Outside the hotel Sikh’s held a protest against the Congress Party’s role in the 1984 riots. via indianexpress