Intolerance reigns supreme, says Rahul Gandhi in Dubai

Source: PTI | By I.G. Bhatkali | Published on 13th January 2019, 11:31 AM | National News | Gulf News |

Dubai: Congress president Rahul Gandhi said in Dubai on Saturday that India had witnessed a great deal of intolerance and anger in the past four-and-a-half years which stemmed from the “mentality of the people in power”.

Mr. Gandhi, on the second day of his maiden trip to the UAE, said India could absorb multiple ideas and did not attempt to force one idea on top of the people.

“Ideas have come to India, they have been shaped by India and India has been shaped by them. Listening to other people is also an idea of India,” he said in an interaction with students at IMT Dubai University as part of his global outreach programme ahead of the Lok Sabha election.

“Tolerance is embedded in our culture and it is quite sad to see what has been going on back home in the past four-and-a-half years. We have seen a lot of intolerance, anger and division between communities. It stems from the mentality of the people who are leading,” he said.

Mr. Gandhi said if the leadership was tolerant, it would act in a tolerant way and spread that message. “India is generally tolerant, we tend to listen and need to go back to that,” he said.

Noting that India was more than a geography, Mr. Gandhi said it was a particular way of looking at the world. “I don’t want to restrict India just to the boundaries of India,” he said. “We don’t like an India where journalists are shot, where people are beaten up for what they say,” he said.

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