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Business News/ News / India/  Rahul Gandhi US Tour: I would be doing ‘Mann Ki Baat if…' Congress leader tells Indian diaspora in San Francisco

"If you believed in anger, hatred and arrogance, you would be sitting in a BJP meeting and I would be doing Mann Ki Baat," Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said while addressing Indian diaspora in San Fransisco.

“So thank you very much for holding up the Indian flag in America. Showing the American people what it means to be American, respecting them, learning from them and also letting them learn from you."

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that he had to launch 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' because all instruments of doing politics (connecting with people) were "being controlled" and the "whole India" walked with him during the mega foot march.

Speaking about his Bharat Jodo Yatra, the senior Congress said, “We found that when everyone started working together, a completely different type of energy started coming," he said, adding, “The government tried everything it could do to stop the (Bharat Jodo) Yatra, but its impact kept on increasing."

Meanwhile, responding to a question from 'Bay Area Muslim community' he said," The way you (Muslims) are feeling attacked, I can guarantee Sikhs, Christians, Dalits, Tribals are feeling the same. What is happening to Muslims in India today happened to Dalits in 1980s"

Rahul Gandhi is on a 10-day visit to the United States. He is set to cover three cities-- San Francisco, Washington DC, and New York during the tour.

Currently, he is in San Francisco, where he will hold a talk at the Stanford Graduate School of Business on Tuesday. He will also interact with senior technology executives from Silicon Valley on artificial intelligence.

Later in the evening, he would be meeting with the Indian diaspora in San Francisco.

During Rahul Gandhi's visit to Washington DC from June 1-2, he will address the National Press Club, focusing on topics such as the future of Indian democracy, freedom of speech, and sustainable and inclusive economic growth. He has also planned meetings with lawmakers and think tanks to engage in discussions and exchange ideas. Furthermore, he will attend a dinner hosted by Indian-American entrepreneur Frank Islam, alongside top business leaders, Senators, and Congressmen.

In New York on June 3-4, Rahul Gandhi will engage with thinkers at the Harvard Club, attend a lunch event, meet accomplished Indian-Americans in the creative industry, and address a public gathering at the Javits Center.

Last week, Indian Overseas Congress chairperson Sam Pitroda said Gandhi's visit is aimed at promoting shared values and a vision of “real democracy".

"The purpose of his (Gandhi’s) trip is to connect, interact and begin a new conversation with various individuals, institutions and media, including the Indian diaspora that is growing in numbers in the United States and abroad to promote the shared values and vision of the real democracy with a focus on freedom, inclusion, sustainability, justice, peace and opportunities world over," Pitroda said in a statement.

Gandhi received a new ordinary passport on Sunday, two days after a Delhi court gave its clearance.

This comes soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's three-nation- Japan, Papua New Guinea, and Australia- concluded.

(With inputs from agencies)



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Updated: 31 May 2023, 11:12 AM IST
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