Rahul Gandhi, the head of the Congress, has claimed that the BJP and RSS are “incapable” of looking towards the future and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attempting to operate the Indian car by only looking in the rearview mirror, which will result in “one accident after another.” Gandhi ended his US vacation, which included stops in San Francisco and Washington, DC, on Sunday by giving a speech at a sizable community gathering at the Javits Centre hosted by the Indian Overseas Congress-USA.
“Back home we have a problem, and I will tell you the problem. BJP and the RSS are incapable of looking at the future. They’re incapable. Unse aap kuch bhi poocho, woh peeche ki aur dekhte hain (You ask anything they look into the past),” he said. In response to the Odisha train tragedy, one of the biggest railway catastrophes in the nation, he claimed that if you ask the BJP why a train accident occurred, they will reply that the Congress Party did such and such 50 years ago. Around 275 people died in the three-train tragedy, which also raised attention to the problem of railway safety. Some people have called for the resignation of Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. If you ask the BJP why they took the periodic table out of the textbooks, Rahul Gandhi claimed, they will cite what the Congress party did 60 years ago.
“Their immediate response” is to look back,” he said, adding that one cannot drive a car by looking only in the rearview mirror as that will only lead to “one accident after another.” “That is the phenomenon of Narendra Modi ji. He is trying to drive the Indian car and he only looks in the rearview mirror. And then he does not understand why this car is crashing, not moving forward. And it’s the same idea with the BJP, with the RSS, all of them. “You listen to them. You listen to their ministers. You listen to the Prime Minister, you will never find them talking about the future. They will only talk about the past and they will always blame somebody else for the past,” he said amidst applause from the Congress party members.
Referring to Mahatma Gandhi, the Congress leader said that on one side there is a “brave man”, “NRI like you. In fact, probably the most impactful NRI that India has had in many, many years. Humble man, a simple man, but a man who believed in the future, who believed in India, propagated non-violence and searched for the truth. That’s the ideology that we follow. That’s the ideology that all of you follow in this room.
“And then on the other side, Nathuram Godse, violent, angry, unable to face the reality of his own life. The reason he shot Gandhi was that he could not face his own life. And so, he had to take his anger out on somebody, and he chose to take his anger out on the man who represented the essence of India,” Gandhi, the former MP, said. He mentioned when he attends such public meetings, he sees people who believe in the idea of India, in the democratic principles of the country, in the Constitution, who believe that “we should be affectionate to each other, that we should love each other.” he stated the problem back home is that “we make excuses. And we are not accepting the reality we’re faced with. The reality we’re faced with is our unemployment numbers and the fact that we need to make sure that all our youngsters are productive and get a job.”
“And I believe and one of the reasons I have come here is because I believe that if we want to build an India where the vast majority of our youngsters are employed, one of the things we have to think about is the bridge between India and the United States. What does it look like, what does our partnership focus on and how do we compete with the challenge the Chinese have placed on the table,” he stated. “My intention is to build a relationship with you, an affectionate, loving relationship with you where you can say to me that Rahul, this is what we think, this is how you should think about the relationship with the United States. “I’m not interested so much in telling you what I believe. I don’t want to do ‘Mann ki Baat’ over here,” he stated.