Malappuram (Kerala): Wayanad Congressman Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of severing relations and “bridges” between peoples and said this was leading to the “shattering” of the idea of India.
Rahul Gandhi, in Kerala for a day, also alleged that it was “arrogance” on the part of the Prime Minister to claim that he alone knows or understands India and no one else, especially when he has makes allegations without learning about the culture, language, way of life and issues of peoples of different states and religions.
The Congress President, speaking at the inauguration of a dialysis center in the Malappuram district of Kerala, said India is not just a geographic territory, it is the people who live there and the relationships they have with each other.
âMy problem with the Prime Minister is that he breaks these relations. If he breaks the relations between the peoples of India, then he breaks the idea of ââIndia. That’s why I oppose him, “he said.
âWhen he (PM) breaks relations between Indians, it is my duty, my job, my commitment to repair the bridges between peoples. Whenever he uses hate to break bridges, it is my duty to mend them with love and compassion, âhe added.
The congressman said that he could not build bridges without understanding the different traditions, ideas, religions and cultures of the country and for this it was necessary to visit the different states and religious places of the country with humility and the will to understand .
âIf I go to these places with arrogance, then I’m a fool. How can I reach out to the people of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, who have a thousand-year-old history, and claim to know them. I must go there with humility. How else can I define what India is? “
âImagine the arrogance of this person who claims, ‘I know what India is. I know what the people of Kerala need. I know what the people of Tamil Nadu need. Imagine the arrogance of such a person who claims that only he knows what India is and what Indians need. This is another problem I have with Prime Minister Modi. He is convinced that no one understands this land like him, âsaid the congressman.
Therefore, the fight here is between humility and arrogance, between temperament and compassion, between self-interest and the well-being of others, he added.