3/9/2018 1:23:16 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Everybody has an opinion on politics in India contributing to a lively diversity of views that Singaporean students got a glimpse of when Indian National Congress chief Rahul Gandhi interacted with the students and attendees at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in the National University of Singapore.
While the leader of India’s oldest political party attacked the present BJP government on its various failures including the attack on minorities, fostering an atmosphere of "intimidation" in India where there is politics of dividing people and using their anger to win elections, he listed the various achievements his own party had during their 60-year governance,
But when the floor was opened to questions, one saw the broad swathe of sentiments. While economist and guest columnist for India Se magazine, PK Basu asked Gandhi “Why is it that during the years that your family ruled India, India's per capita income was growing at less than the world's average and has grown faster since your family relinquished power?” another audience member went in the other direction, urging him to "restore" India to what it was before Narendra Modi came to power in 2014.
While the 47-year-old deflected Basu’s question by asking him "And what is your hypothesis?... Do you agree that India is a success today? And you are saying I have no role?" he said that these two opinions highlighted the deep poliarisation amongst Indians.
“That gentleman thinks nothing worthwhile has ever been done by the Congress party. This gentleman thinks everything has been done by the Congress party. Let me tell you what the truth is: India's success is hugely because of the Indian people... Anybody in this room who thinks that the Congress Party is not part of that success... needs to write a new book," he said.
The Congress president, who is on a three-day visit to Singapore and Malaysia from March 8 to 10, also reflected on India-China ties and asserted the need to have a "peaceful and co-operative relations" with its eastern neighbour.
While he met Singapore’s Foreign Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan and Temasek CEO Ho Ching along with board memebers and is scheduled to call on Prime Minister Lee Hsein Loong and Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, he is also expected to meet Malaysian PM Najib Razak.