New Delhi, Sep 28: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi by saying he thrives on politics of hate.
Gandhi held talks with Nicolas Berggruen, chairman of the Berggruen Institute and publisher of the WordPost over India’s challenges of internal migration, political scenario and the rising power of China in Asia, reported Huffington Post.
On democracy, its challenges and the forces of nationalism, Gandhi said “The central difference between the United States and India’s system is that India is composed of 29 states with completely different cultures and languages. In that sense, our diversity is more like Europe’s. If you look at states like Tamil Nadu [in the south] and Mizoram [in the northeast], the differences between them are greater than between any two countries in Europe.”
While comparing India and China, He asserted ” The other thing to understand about India is that, like China, it is undergoing the greatest migration in human history from rural areas to megacities. In the Chinese system, that mass movement is controlled. In India, people from all our different cultures, languages and religions are able to move freely to any city in the country to look for jobs. If they don’t find work in one city, they simply move on to another one”.
“All the stresses of modernity and migration affect the present tone of politics in India. Economic insecurity about finding work and anxieties over identity are being aggressively exploited by the right-wing. They spread fake news, promote ethnic rifts and foment polarization in order to gain power across states”, Congress leader added.
Describing the differences between the Prime Minister Narendra Modi led-Bharatiya Janta Party and the Congress he said “the core battle between two parties is ‘caste’.
Gandhi said “The Congress Party brought the idea of one man, one vote to India. That idea is inimical to the caste tradition. The only way to weaken the caste system is to strengthen the vote. You don’t strengthen the vote by destroying institutions but by empowering the democratic process.”
Criticising the policies of BJP and RSS, he asserted “Hatred is their main weapon. They are creating massive fault lines by isolating millions of our people. Tribals, Dalits and Muslims are simply being told by the ruling party that they cannot be part of India’s vision. Journalists are being shot dead.”
Speaking about the contemporary scenario, Congress Vice President stated ” the combination of joblessness along with ‘institutional civil war’ is a true crisis for democratic societies,adding, PM Modi and president of the Phillipines Duerte “thrive on hatred and disrespect institutions.”
On China’s silk route initiative the opposition leader said “It is a powerful policy from their perspective. It is an attempt at redesigning the world. I don’t see a clear response to it; however, I am not one of those that underestimate their capability to pull it off.”
“Modi has followed the model of the Muslim Brotherhood [in Egypt] to use democracy to come to power. He has filled our institutions with people who propagate a certain divisive ideology and is now imposing a vision of India that excludes India’s Dalits, tribals and minorities. He is a status-quoist pretending to be a reformer.”
With inputs from Huffington Post