Congress Chief to Visit Canada, Singapore

Rahul Gandhi addresses PIOs in Bahrain. (Photo: Twitter/@OfficeOfRG)

Rahul’s next foreign trip will be to Canada, Singapore; He visited Bahrain as a part of his outreach to the Indian diaspora. He said, “the two threats facing India are inability to create jobs and the rise in the forces of hatred and division”….reports Asian Lite News

Rahul Gandhi addresses PIOs in Bahrain. (Photo: Twitter/@OfficeOfRG)

After Bahrain, Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s next foreign trip would be to countries like Canada and Singapore followed by another one to the Middle East.

Gandhi visited Bahrain as a part of his outreach to the Indian diaspora. His outreach is seen as a move to popularise the Congress among the Indian diaspora.

He said this during an interactive session with the Indian diaspora in Bahrain.

“In fact I was speaking to Sam (Sam Pitroda) in the car today, and that’s exactly what we said that one of the places we really need to go is Canada.

“Sam and Milind (Deora) are organising a set of trips to different parts of the world. We are going to do one to Canada, we are going to do one to Singapore and we are going to do another one to the Middle East. So, we are looking forward to that. And we will be in Canada, we will come and have a chat with you in Canada,” Gandhi said in a reply on being asked about his plans to visit Canada.

Addressing the Indian diaspora in Bahrain he said: “Tragically the conversation in our country today is not about jobs, healthcare or education. The only thing India talks about is what you are allowed to eat, who is allowed to protest and what we can say or rather what we cannot say.

“India today is free, but once again it is under threat. There are two clear threats facing our country today. The first is our government’s inability to provide jobs for our people. Our main competitor China produces 50,000 jobs every 24 hours. India currently produces 400 jobs in the same amount of time.”

“It is an important figure. What China does in two days, it takes India one year to do. These are not my figures, these are figures of the government of India given in the Parliament. Job creation in India is at an eight-year-low,” Gandhi said in his address at an event organised by Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin.

“New investments have been lowest in 13 years. Bank credit growth has sunk to a 63-year low. To make matters worse, many in the Indian diaspora have lost hard-earned money because of arbitrary decisions like demonetisation. It landed a crippling blow to India’s overall economic growth. The fact is that India can simply not afford this,” he added.

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Rahul meeting with Crown Prince of Bahrain, H.R.H. Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Underlining India was the second-most populous country with 30,000 new youngsters coming daily into India’s job market, he said that not providing education and jobs to these youngsters was “a recipe for disaster”.

“The government’s failure to creating jobs is resulting in tremendous anger and unrest in India. The youth are asking a very simple question, what are we going to do in future. This anger is visible in the streets and is rising rapidly,” he said, adding the “tragedy” is that instead of focusing on what is critical issues like poverty alleviation, job creation and building a world class education system, “we see instead rise in the forces of hatred and division”.

Gandhi also said that activists and journalists are threatened in India. “They are shot dead for expressing their views. People are killed because of their religious beliefs, Dalits are beaten into submission, judges investigating sensitive cases die under mysterious circumstances. And through all this the government has nothing to say.”

Claiming India has been taken off its path of progress, he said: “We need to bring our conversation back from violence and hatred to one of progress, jobs and love between our people. And we cannot do that at home without our largest skill base on the planet – all you people in this room.

“Together, we must steer India back to its original strengths, we need to make India the centrepiece of ahimsa, of non-violence, of compassion.”

He also said that he was in Bahrain for a purpose and that is “to tell you what you mean to your country”.

“That you are important. To tell you that there is a serious problem at home, to tell you that you are part of the solution and that I am here to build the bridge between your world and home,” he added.

Gandhi on Monday met Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Foreign Minister Prince Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa and discussed ways to develop sports and cricket ties between the two countries.

The Crown Prince congratulated Gandhi on becoming the Congress President, a party statement said on Monday.

Gandhi gifted him books written by India’s first Prime Minister and his great-grand father Jawaharlal Nehru while in prison, including the “Discovery of India”.

The Congress President himself expressed satisfaction at his meeting with the Crown Prince and the lunch hosted by the Foreign Minister.

“Had a good meeting with Crown Prince of Bahrain, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. We discussed a variety of issues of interest to India and Bahrain,” Gandhi tweeted

“Thank you, Your Excellency, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Foreign Minister of Kingdom of Bahrain, for being a gracious host at lunch today (Monday).”

Gandhi’s outreach is seen as a move to popularise the Congress among the Indian diaspora.