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Rahul Gandhi goes off at a tangent


(PTI Photo)(PTI8_22_2018_000314B)

It is nothing unusual for Congress president Rahul Gandhi to make a hash of his articulation when he is abroad addressing foreign audiences but with elections only a few months away, every statement of his has to be watched for its fallout for the Opposition. His speech at an event in Hamburg, Germany was of a piece for its outrageousness. His reference to terror group ISIS while warning about the impact of excluding people from development was outlandish indeed. He said “It is very dangerous in the 21st century to exclude people.” What he was driving at was to accuse the ruling the BJP of excluding tribals, Dalits and minorities from the development narrative. If this is interpreted to infer that he has a soft corner for the ISIS, no one but him can be blamed. He went on: “If you don’t give people a vision in the 21st century, somebody else will. And that’s the real risk of excluding a large number of people from the development process.”

Rahul linked mob lynchings in India with anger because of joblessness and small businesses crashing after the cash ban and GST (Goods and Services Tax). “They (the BJP government) feel tribal communities, poor farmers, lower caste people, minorities shouldn’t get the same benefits as the elite,” he added. There is “something much more dangerous” that has happened, he added. The prime minister had “demonetised the Indian economy and destroyed cash flows to small and medium businesses, rendering millions jobless,” the Congress chief commented. All this mumbo-jumbo in defiance of the norm to be circumspect on foreign soil!