10 January 2018

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Full Text Read Rahul Gandhi's speech in Bahrain

Full Text Read Rahul Gandhi's speech in Bahrain

Bahrain speech, address is Rahul Gandhi’s first address to NRIs outside India after taking over as Congress president, Gandhi said there was a "serious problem" in the country.

Below is the full text of Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s speech at GOPIO – Bahrain

"Your Excellency Sheikh Khalifa, Suman Baby ji, Dr. Thomas Abraham ji, Sunny Kulathakal ji, Neeraj Bakshi ji, Issac John ji, Sam Pitroda ji, Congress friends, brothers and sisters, I would like to welcome all of you here today.

It’s an honor for me to come here. I remember once I was a little boy and I had a chemistry teacher. I had a chemistry teacher who had worked in Bahrain and she used to keep telling me that one day you must go to Bahrain to see what has been done in Bahrain. And she told me how that as an Indian person in Bahrain, she always felt accepted, she always felt part of the country and she never felt discriminated against.

So I would like to thank the people of Bahrain. But she also said that the Indian community has played a huge role in helping build Bahrain. So it is a joint effort and it is something that we are very very proud of. And it’s an honor for me to come here and address you in this great country.

I would like to thank the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) for the invitation to speak to all of you. I am very happy to be here and I am excited to talk to you.

I have got one little question. Does everybody here know Hindi? Everybody understands Hindi? Because there are few parts of my speech which are in Hindi. But I want to know if I should make a couple of translations to help the people who don’t know Hindi.

You know, Indian politics is quite a strange experience. You’ve got Sashi Tharoor ji here, Sam Pitroda, Hibi ji, It’s a strange experience. You come across many different things. So I would like to start with a little story.

...Some years ago, I was travelling in Uttar Pradesh. Dusty road, was quite tired. And we entered this market place. And when we entered the market place, a lady came running to me and she said, Mujhe in logon ne barbad kar diya hai. (These people have destroyed my life). So I said, who has destroyed your life? Kisne aapki zindagi barbaad ki? Policewaalon ne. (The police has destroyed my life). I said, kyu? Why? She said, because they have put a 302 case on my husband. (302 ka case laga diya hai). 302, for you who don’t know is a murder case in India. And in Uttar Pradesh, many people get false cases put on them. I felt she was complaining about a false case.

So a policeman was standing next to me. And I asked him.

I said, why are you putting a false case on this poor lady? Can you look into this matter? Please check up what has happened. And when I said this to him, he had a strange look on his face, a surprised look. So in UP, you have to be suspicious. So I got suspicious. And I turned around and asked the lady, behenji, kya aapke pati ne khoon kiya hai? (Sister, has your husband actually murdered someone?) She said, haan khoon toh kiya hai. (Yes, he has murdered someone.) So I said, then what are you saying to me? How can you be telling me to help you if your husband has murdered someone?

And then she looks at me and in Hindi, she says, toh phir tum raajnetaon ka kya faayda? (What are you politicians doing then?) This is the type of expectations that we have. She asked me two questions that day. She looked at me and asked - to phir tum rajneta idhar kyoon chakkar kat rahe ho? Tum rajnetaon ka kya fayda hai? Since that day wherever I go I try to answer those two important questions:

1. To phir tum rajneta log idhar kyoon chakkar kat rahe ho?
2. Rajnetaon ka kya fayda hai?

And these are the two questions I am going to answer here. Why am I here? And what am I trying to achieve?

I am here today with you in Bahrain. But this time I am here 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 a part of the solution. And that I am here to build a bridge between here, wherever you are in the world and home. I represent the Congress Party of India -a party that was born to bring the people of India together, to bring people of all communities, all religions together.

This has been our mission from the beginning. And this is why all of us are in politics and this will be our mission till the end. The Congress's vision is one that builds bridges and is compassionate - it is a tried and tested vision that has fought for India in its toughest moments. Ours, more than any other vision, because of the struggle and because of the victory in India's liberation, is a vision that has strong roots in the NRI community. People forget this. But our greatest leaders, whether it is Mahatma Gandhi ji, whether it is Jawaharlal Nehru ji, whether it is Mr. Ambedkar, all of them were once NRIs, all of them were once what you are.

And a little over a hundred years ago, that great man Mahatma Gandhi returned to India from South Africa. He wasn’t alone. With him stood a close knit group of visionaries, each one a giant in his own right. And together they inspired the world and generations beyond their own. They helped build an Indian vision. It was not a vision for one community, for one caste, for one state. It was a vision for the entire country and it was a vision that was appreciated by every single person on the planet.

The most important thing about any human being is that he knows who he is and where he comes from. Where do you come from? You come from those brave, visionary men and women who delivered India its freedom.

The very idea of challenging the British, who ruled India for centuries came from people like Mahatma Gandhi, came from people like Ambedkar ji. These were all NRIs. They were people who like you were open to the outside world. Like you, all of them had lived abroad and seen the shortcomings of their oppressors. They lived abroad and worked and studied and watched. And when the time was right and their country needed them, they returned to fight for the nation they loved.

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’s an important figure. So I will put it another way. What China does in two days takes India one year to do. These are not my figures. These are figures of the Govt of India. These are figures stated by a Minister in our Parliament. Job creation in India is at an 8-year low. New investments are the lowest they have been 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 demonetization. They have landed a crippling blow to India’s overall economic growth. The fact is that India can simply not afford this. We are the second most populous country in the world. Every day 30,000 new youngsters come into India’s job market.

Not providing education and jobs to these youngsters is a recipe for disaster. The government's failure to create jobs is resulting in tremendous anger and unrest in India. The youth are asking a very simple question. What are we to do in our future? This anger is visible in the streets and is rising rapidly.

The tragedy is that instead of focusing the attention of our people on what is critical - the removal of poverty, job creation and the building of a world class education system - we see instead a rise in the forces of hatred and division. Instead of accepting that we are struggling to create jobs, instead of uniting people together, all communities and religions to face the challenge, the government is busy converting the fear being generated in our jobless youth into hatred between communities.

Tragically the conversation in our country today is not about jobs, healthcare or education. Today 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. Activists and journalists are threatened; they are shot dead for expressing their views. People are killed because of their religious beliefs. Dalit’s are beaten into submission. Judges investigating sensitive cases die under mysterious circumstances. And through all this, the government has nothing to say.

Friends, India has been taken off its path of progress. Indians – at home and abroad are shocked to see this ugly effort which seeks to deviate us from our ancient philosophy and from the path our country has followed for thousands of years. This is not a fight that can be won without you. It is a fight to return us to our beloved ideals.

You, your openness, your skills, your talent, your tolerance, your patriotism is what India needs today. You have shown us and the world how you have built the countries you have journeyed to. You have lived with people of different nationalities; different religions, different philosophies and you have done so both by learning from them and by teaching them about our great Indian traditions and heritage.

India today has the largest Diaspora of any country in the world – more than 16 million people of Indian origin live abroad. The countries of the Gulf region are among India’s most important trading partners. The largest numbers of Indian expats live here. India is also the largest remittance-receiving country in the world. You send almost $70 billion, that is, 3.5% of India’s GDP.

You are responsible for creating massive wealth globally and for giving back more than three times your fair share to India each year. Here in the Gulf, NRIs send back more than half of the remittances that India gets from around the world. Many of you and your ancestors came to these foreign lands with nothing but dreams. You came empty handed. And out of those dreams you have built entire nations. All of you in this room are proof that India can bridge any gap that is put before it. And no global vision for India can be built without you. It is impossible, let me state from this stage, that it is impossible to build a global vision for India in the 21st century without our brothers and sisters who live abroad.

Together, we must steer India back to its original strengths. We need to make India the centerpiece of ahimsa, of nonviolence, of compassion. 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.

I have not come here to tell you anything really. No. I’ve come here to ask for your help. I’ve come here to ask you for your skills, for your guidance, and for your understanding. We need you to help us fight these forces of anger and hatred. We need you just as we needed you and our ancestors needed you in 1947 to protect the idea of India that we so dearly love and cherish."

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rudraprayaga January 13, 2018  

I respect Manmohan Singh because his speech is weighty.And Shashi Taroor's also. This one is just so so.