Modi taking India back to the medieval times says Rahul

Vastavam web: Soon after taking up the Congress baton today, Rahul Gandhi hit out at the BJP, accusing it of spreading hatred and violence in the country, and alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was taking India back to the medieval times.In his first speech to party workers after formally assuming charge as the Congress president, he set the tone for the future course and how the party would take on its arch- rival BJP — “The Congress’s respect for all Indians extends to even the BJP. We do not fight hate with hate. They crush voice, we allow the most vulnerable to sing. They defame, we respect and defend.” Gandhi also told partymen that they were his “family” and he would stand and protect all those workers fighting for the oppressed and those on the fringes. He also assured them that their voice would be heard in a new setup under him.

The Gandhi scion said it was very difficult to douse a fire once ignited and that this was exactly what they were trying to make BJP leaders understand. “Once you ignite fire in the country, it will be very difficult to douse it,” he said.Attacking Modi, he said the Congress took India into the 21st century, “while the prime minister today is taking us backward, to a medieval past where people are butchered because of who they are, beaten for what they believe and killed for what they eat”.This ugly violence in the country, he says, has “shamed us” in the world as India’s philosophy and history, born out of love and compassion, are being tarnished by such horror.

Asking the Congress workers to connect with people of the country, Gandhi said, “I want the Congress party to become an instrument for dialogue between Indian people all of us, from all corners of our great country, all religions, all ethnicities, all ages, genders and people and for our dialogue to always be led by love and affection.” He assured Congress workers and leaders that they were his family, irrespective of whether they were young or elderly and from wherever they belong. “You all are mine,” he told them.He exhorted the youth to transform India’s ‘Grand Old Party’ into a ‘Grand Old and Young Party’, and invited them to join it.They defame, we respect and defend. They might control the structures of power, the machinery of silence and fear, but we in the Congress, we are the bastion of the people,” he said, adding that it is in this service that his idealism and hope for politics always rest.

In India, he says, two ideas have historically clashed – the “idea of the self versus the idea of the other”.”We fight for everyone…we fight for those who cannot fight alone and our struggle has always been one of brotherhood and of love…we will never allow the democratic dreams and longings of our people, not one of them, to ever be silenced,” he said.Attacking the BJP, he said, “these regressive forces” don’t win because they are right, they do not win because they stand on the side of what is correct, “they win because they are powerful”.

Soon after taking up the Congress baton today, Rahul Gandhi hit out at the BJP, accusing it of spreading hatred and violence in the country, and alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was taking India back to the medieval times.In his first speech to party workers after formally assuming charge as the Congress president, he set the tone for the future course and how the party would take on its arch- rival BJP — “The Congress’s respect for all Indians extends to even the BJP. We do not fight hate with hate. They crush voice, we allow the most vulnerable to sing. They defame, we respect and defend.” Gandhi also told partymen that they were his “family” and he would stand and protect all those workers fighting for the oppressed and those on the fringes. He also assured them that their voice would be heard in a new setup under him.

The Gandhi scion said it was very difficult to douse a fire once ignited and that this was exactly what they were trying to make BJP leaders understand. “Once you ignite fire in the country, it will be very difficult to douse it,” he said.Attacking Modi, he said the Congress took India into the 21st century, “while the prime minister today is taking us backward, to a medieval past where people are butchered because of who they are, beaten for what they believe and killed for what they eat”.This ugly violence in the country, he says, has “shamed us” in the world as India’s philosophy and history, born out of love and compassion, are being tarnished by such horror.

Asking the Congress workers to connect with people of the country, Gandhi said, “I want the Congress party to become an instrument for dialogue between Indian people all of us, from all corners of our great country, all religions, all ethnicities, all ages, genders and people and for our dialogue to always be led by love and affection.” He assured Congress workers and leaders that they were his family, irrespective of whether they were young or elderly and from wherever they belong. “You all are mine,” he told them.He exhorted the youth to transform India’s ‘Grand Old Party’ into a ‘Grand Old and Young Party’, and invited them to join it.They defame, we respect and defend. They might control the structures of power, the machinery of silence and fear, but we in the Congress, we are the bastion of the people,” he said, adding that it is in this service that his idealism and hope for politics always rest.

In India, he says, two ideas have historically clashed – the “idea of the self versus the idea of the other”.”We fight for everyone…we fight for those who cannot fight alone and our struggle has always been one of brotherhood and of love…we will never allow the democratic dreams and longings of our people, not one of them, to ever be silenced,” he said.Attacking the BJP, he said, “these regressive forces” don’t win because they are right, they do not win because they stand on the side of what is correct, “they win because they are powerful”.