Indian Overseas Congress chairperson Sam Pitroda said, Rahul Gandhi, the Congress leader visited the United States in June, during which he is condemned to address public meetings and interact with university students, is aimed at promoting shared values and vision of “real democracy”,
Gandhi is scheduled to visit San Francisco, Washington DC, and New York, where he is planning to address two public meetings with Indian Americans, meet lawmakers at Capitol Hill and members of think tanks, interact with university students, and meet Wall Street executives, said Indian Overseas Congress, the organizers of the events, on Sunday.
“We are not here to complain. We are here to share what is going on in India. Indian democracy is the biggest democracy in the world and we owe it to the people to tell them about the real situation on the ground,” Sam Pitroda, the Indian Overseas Congress chairperson has said.
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Sam Pitroda’s statement to the supporters of Rahul Gandhi
He also told a group of Congress supporters, “We are not asking for everybody to come and help us. We can deal with the problems. We want to share with you what is needed,” in Chicago.
“The purpose of Rahul Gandhi’s trip is to connect, interact and begin a new conversation with various individuals, institutions, and media, including the Indian diaspora that is growing in numbers in the United States and abroad to promote the shared values and vision of the real democracy with a focus on freedom, inclusion, sustainability, justice, peace, and opportunities world over,” Pitroda said in a statement on Sunday.
George Abraham, the vice-chairman of the Indian Overseas Congress-USA, said, “I hope that Rahul Gandhi’s visit will energise the diaspora into a renewed appreciation of democracy and freedom the Indian diaspora aspires to have as they constitute more than 30 million non-resident Indians who live around the world.”
“We have lots of meetings planned with think tanks, universities; a thousand people in San Francisco, 200 people having dinner in Washington DC… The program is jam-packed to a point. We don’t even have half-an-hour flexibility,” Pitroda told a group of Congress supporters in Chicago.
Pitroda also said, “It has been worked out. And he does a great job when he gets a chance to interact with people. He doesn’t like to broadcast ‘Mann ki Baat’. He likes to interact and that’s what Indian democracy is all about — to listen to people. So, we hope that we get a good reception on Capitol Hill.”
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