Congress President said RSS is trying to change the nature of India. The institutions are under attack. Other parties haven’t tried to capture India’s institutions. RSS’s idea is similar to the idea of Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab world….writes Kaliph Anaz
Congress President Rahul Gandhi compares Rashtriya Swayemsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological front of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with Muslim Brotherhood for capturing democratic institutions to roll-out their own ideology.
He was addressing a packed audience at Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. He said RSS is like Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab world.
“RSS is trying to change the nature of India. Other parties haven’t tried to capture India’s institutions. The institutions are under attack. RSS’s idea is similar to the idea of Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab world,” he said.
“Even the Supreme Court judges are coming out to criticise the government,” Mr Gandhi said. “The institutions are toned down. The trend is even threatening the very idea of modern India. Last seventy years, India succeeded many hurdles through the strong democratic institutions. Thousands of people gave their life to build a modern India. They proved that West is wrong on India. The very existence of that India is now under threat over the divisive policies of Prime Minister Modi. Right to food, work, information were all structures designed to ease people during the pain of this transformation.”
The Congress leader also accused the RSS of planting demonetisation idea in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda.
“The idea of demonetisation came directly from RSS, bypassed the Finance Minister & Reserve Bank of India (RBI), and was planted in Prime Minister’s head,” the Congress president said.
Gandhi said that India specialises in reducing confrontation.
“Central principle for India is- when someone was asked ‘whether India leans left or right,’ the answer was India stands straight.”
Mr Gandhi said his party is believing in decentralisation of power and Modi is accumulating too much power by encroaching into other ministerial portfolios.
By creating divisions between 1.3 billion people, India’s strengths are reduced.
Regarding Pakistan, the Congress President said the neighbouring country lacks coherence in decision making.
“There are too many institutions in Pakistan,” Mr Gandhi said. “Some of the institutions are attacking India. We can reach an agreement with one and the other differ. Vajpayee got a deal with prime minister Nawaz Sharif, but the army derailed that.”
Gandhi also accused Pakistan of creating troubles in Afghanistan.
Mr Gandhi was also critical of Chinese intrusion at Doklam.
“Doklam is not an isolated issue,” Mr Gandhi said. “It was a part of a sequence of events, it was a process. Prime Minister is episodic. He views Doklam as an event. If he was carefully watching the process, he could’ve stopped it.”
Mr Gandhi was also very critical of Ministry of External Affairs. He said it is reduced to a visa issuing agency.
“By breaking the monopoly of MEA and by making it more accessible to other elements of society a modern MEA can be formed,” said Mr Gandhi. “The Foreign Minister of India spends a massive amount of time in just making Visas.”
Mr Gandhi will address a meeting at London School of Economics in the evening. He is also meeting with members of the Labour Party’s Shadow Cabinet and prominent business leaders.