Rahul Gandhi compares India to the European Union and stirs up sub-nationalism

Gandhi’s descendant Rahul Gandhi courted controversy again on Tuesday as he challenged India’s national unity by calling it a “union of states” and not a nation.

Speaking at an event titled ‘India at 75’ at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge hosted by Congress party sympathizer Shruti Kapila, Rahul Gandhi once again promoted the under- nationalism in addition to inciting people by calling for a mass movement against the Indian state.

In what appears to be a scripted interview with Kapila, Rahul Gandhi shared several insights which included his idea of ​​India as a nation while disparaging India’s electoral system and democratic credentials, including expressing doubts against the independent functioning of the country’s judicial system.

Responding to the question about the Congress party’s idea of ​​India, the descendant of Gandhi tried to fend off sub-nationalist tendencies by saying that India was a “union of states” and not a nation. He went on to add that several federal entities came together and negotiated to create what is now known as India, Bharat. He said that India as a political entity is nothing but a negotiation between states.

In his interview, Rahul Gandhi claimed that there was a systematic attack on the institutions that allowed compatriots to express themselves. He also added that the basic structures, the electoral system, the parliament and the democratic system, are captured by a single organization. He said the conversation about India is being eradicated and the Deep State, which according to Rahul Gandhi is RSS, is capturing these spaces.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has alleged there is a ‘systematic attack’ on the institutions that allow India to speak, and as the conversation is stifled, the ‘deep state’ is entering these spaces and redefine the way conversations happen. in the countryside.

At an event titled ‘India at 75’ at Cambridge University’s Corpus Christi College on Monday evening, Mr Gandhi spoke on a wide range of topics: from Hindu nationalism, to the role of family Gandhi within the Congress party and to the mobilization efforts of the people of the country as he fielded questions from a large diaspora of Indian students.

In a conversation with Shruti Kapila, Rahul Gandhi reiterated some of his points from last week’s conference, including the impact of the ‘deep state’ on Indian politics.

“For us, India comes alive when India speaks, and India dies when India is silent. What I see as underway is a systematic attack on the institutions that give India a voice – Parliament, the electoral system and the basic structure of democracy being captured by a single organization. And, as the conversation is eradicated, the deep state enters those spaces and redefines how that conversation unfolds,” he said.

According to Rahul Gandhi, democratic competition depends on certain structures such as a free and fair electoral system, an independent judiciary and a fair press. Rahul Gandhi also lamented that the Election Commission is not responding to their appeals against BJP election practices while accusing the press of not giving enough space to other political leaders except Modi.

The Congressman also claimed that the BJP has total dominance over the media and social media platforms which he says are influencing the elections in India.

Rahul Gandhi compares India to the European Union and compares Indian states as independent entities

In his interview, Rahul Gandhi again raised the issue of sub-nationalism to compare it to other democracies. Interestingly, the descendant of Gandhi compared India to confederations such as the European Union and not to the federal democratic configuration like the United States. According to Gandhi, India’s political formation is much like a loosely connected supranational European Union, where multinational political syndicates negotiated power together as an arrangement.

“In our system, if you’re going to compare the UK. Think of India much more like Europe than you think of England. India is much closer to Europe than to England. It is much more correct to consider India as Europe and to think of a politically and economically united Europe. This is what India realized 70 years ago. Incidentally, Europe has not succeeded in this. What was achieved 70 years ago was a powerful and unique thing. But this requires a conversation between these states. Now where the issue of BJP and Congress comes in. The National Party is the party that seals the conversation. So actually, I don’t see that as a real challenge to the Congress party. I see this as a huge opportunity for the Congress party to respond to it properly,” said Rahul Gandhi.

With this speech, Rahul Gandhi took a step forward in openly professing his rhetoric of sub-nationalism by almost declaring the federal units in India as independent entities, while placing the national identity of the nation on a superficial level by comparing to the European Union. It is important to understand that the European Union is not a national identity but a political formation by European nations for their political-economic convenience. No shared identity or value system represents the European Union, unlike India, which is a civilizational state.

Rahul Gandhi is now dangerously pushing an idea to weaken India’s cultural and civilizational identity by inducing sub-national identities to flourish in one of the most complex societies in the world, namely India.

On the issue of two-party system in India, Rahul Gandhi also claimed that there are only two political parties in many states of India including Uttar Pradesh, while indirectly agreeing that Congress does not is more of an entity in India’s largest state where the Nehru-Gandhi family’s political fortunes once flourished.

Rahul Gandhi on Big-Tech and Monopolies

Again, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has denounced social media platforms for their alleged partial and biased stance and accused them of having a say in India’s political system. Even though Big Tech is accused of pushing the leftist narrative, Mr. Gandhi has peddled a contrary claim that social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp have favored India’s ruling political party and that its respective CEOs do not never met, never considered opposition parties. .

“I don’t believe that big social media companies are neutral. The way the Indian elections are going, they are basically taking place on these platforms. They fight on WhatsApp, not so much on Twitter but on Facebook and WhatsApp certainly,” he said. Gandhi was speaking at the event organized by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, as part of a series of events celebrating the 75th anniversary of the independence of the ‘India.

The Congress leader further specifically mocked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and said he favored the Indian prime minister and his party. “The Facebook boss has never met an Indian opposition leader. He comes, meets the prime minister and goes home. The CEO of Facebook in Delhi was also a BJP person. So how can we say that these social media platforms are unbiased? Major politics is happening on these platforms,” he said.

Meanwhile, he also cited his personal example to say that his new Twitter followers have stopped growing from 40,000 a day to zero. Gandhi in August 2021 had organized protests demanding justice for a nine-year-old Dalit girl who was raped, murdered and then cremated by the perpetrators in Delhi. However, he had revealed the minor’s identity on social media, following which Twitter deleted his tweet, which also contained a photo of the deceased minor’s parents.

“On my Twitter account, I used to have 40,000 Twitter users a day. I went to Delhi for the protest, and after that, like magic, my Twitter users dropped to zero. We have Wrote to Twitter and searched for the reason, but no satisfactory answer came in. Three months later, we contacted the Wall Street Journal, and the day before the article was due to be published, my users were back to 40 000 a day. It’s the same with WhatsApp. I don’t believe they are neutral platforms,” ​​Rahul Gandhi said while lamenting that big tech companies are working against him.

At the event that marked the conclusion of Gandhi’s UK tour, which began last week, the Congress leader also accused Indian media of operating the opera. “About 140 to 160 media entities are owned by one person. There is a media monopoly, and then there are several commercial monopolies supporting and funding the Bharatiya Janata Party.”

Rahul Gandhi says China is creating prosperity in India’s neighborhood

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also defended China’s growing influence in the Indian subcontinent and said China wanted the countries around it.

Speaking to Shruti Kapila at the University of Cambridge, Rahul Gandhi spared no effort in defending the dragon, where he said: “There are now two competing visions on the ground. One is the west, India is part of it, which is a sea view, and the other is a land view, the Belton route, where most of the trade is from China by the old route silk to Europe and China dominates this trade. It’s the shock.

Continuing: “This is what China is building. What China offers to the countries around it is the idea of ​​prosperity. China is telling us to allow us to build your infrastructure. Allow us to install the communications backbone. Allow us to put in 5G. We will give you the money. You build your own infrastructure, and then we will have prosperity together. That’s what they offer, and it’s a very powerful thing to offer. But it is not in our interest. It is not in India’s interest for China to expand like this.

Rahul Gandhi also called the ongoing cold war between the US and China a civilizational rivalry and said it would have serious consequences for India. He said the United States was championing one vision and China was putting another vision on the table. He said,

“My problem is that you [the US] can’t tell India that we will have a defense pact and we will fight with China without the prosperity part. If there is an alternative vision, that vision must actually create prosperity. It has to create wealth,” the MP for Wayanad said.

The event, organized by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, as part of a series of events celebrating the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, marks the conclusion of Gandhi’s UK tour, which began last week.

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