Rahul Gandhi: 'We failed on jobs but Modi government failing too
| Sept. 20, 2017, 10:09 a.m.
New Delhi, Sep 20: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addressed students at Princeton University in US. He was eloquent, articulate an focused and left the audience impressed. There was a small interaction with the students and he admitted that Congress has failed on all major fronts but also stressed that the Modi government is failing too. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's interaction with students at the Princeton University in New Jersey has some major takeaways. What he said is here verbatim:
-We have done quite a lot of work in the political space, but a lot more needs to be done.
- No way near enough is being done as far as the gender equality is concerned
- Everyday nearly 30,000 new youngsters come into job market. 450 jobs are being provided today
- Central question is how India gives its people jobs. If you, as a modern country, are unable to give them jobs, it's difficult to give them vision.
- Unemployment is one of the major threats to the growth of the nation.
- We need to realise that China is moving ahead with tremendous power. And we have to work in accordance with that.
-What does that vision look like? What kind of cooperation do we have between the two nations? These are fundamental questions we are looking forward to.
-We have to compete with China and we are not doing that well. China has a very clear vision. Does India have a similar vision?
-One of the the central challenges in India is the politics of polarisation.
-PM Modi's Make-in-India programme instead of targeting large business should concentrate on promoting small businesses.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in the first leg of the trip had said dynasties are commonplace in India, from politics to business, and had stressed that a person's capabilities are more important than pedigree.
His comments in the US set off a chorus of protest by the BJP in India with Union Minister Smriti Irani calling him a "failed dynast" and a failed politician.
He then speaking at the University of California, Berkeley and Gandhi also had hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of divisive politics, creating space for terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and ruining the economy.
Responding to a question from students, Gandhi had said that he was "absolutely ready" to take up an executive responsibility if the party asked him to do so.