"NRIs are central architects of Modern India" Rahul Gandhi in NY

The politician spoke about the conflicting idealogies of the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party in India and importance of the diaspora in furthering India-US relationship

Rahul Gandhi addressed a huge crowd of Indian Americans at the Javits Center in New York on June 4, 2023. The event marked the end of the politician's highly successful six-day United States tour, during which he met with students, industry leaders, business executives, local politicians and members of the entertainment industry.

During his speech, the former Congress leader commended the diaspora for representing the essence of India in the United States while also embracing the culture and history of the foreign country. "None of you came here arrogantly. You came here with limited means and you built something, fantastic," he said.

"The reason the Indian Community is successful here is because the Indian Community has respected the United States, the people of the United States, the customs of the United States and it has embraced them. That is the heart of your success. So, I commend you for that. I respect you for that and I honor you for that," he added.

Further, the politician spoke about the conflicting idealogies of the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party in India. Drawing on the deadly Odisha train crash that claimed hundreds of lives, Gandhi said that the Modi government instead of taking responsibility for the mishap, like a Congress Railways Minister had done by resigning in the past, will only look for ways to blame the incident on the opposition.

Sharing his vision of a progressive India with the audience, Gandhi stated that it is only possible with help from the vast Indian diaspora in the United States. He highlighted that all the prominent leaders of India's freedom stuggle such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawarharlal Nehru, B.R. Ambedkar and others were essentially Non-resident Indians (NRIs) who studied abroad and brought back the best of the world to India.

Concluding his address, Gandhi urged the audience to do the same, he said, "The central architect of Modern India was the NRI. So that is what I expect from you. Your role is to take the immense talent that you have and bring it to play. You can do it here in America. You can do it back home. You can do it building a bridge between America and India."


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