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Rahul’s charm captivates expats
January 12, 2019
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If the huge crowds and massive adulation that Rahul Gandhi received in the UAE is any indication of the Indian nation craving for a change, then it’s certainly beginning to happen.

The President of the Indian National Congress and a Nehru family scion has sent a loud and clear message: India will reunite after four-and-a-half years of intolerance under the present political dispensation and march on the path to prosperity.

The leader’s lavish praise of the UAE’s model of tolerance is well deserved. The great developmental strides, tolerance model and the impressive transformational drive adopted by the UAE on all fronts are certainly worth emulating by other nations.

The UAE and India share historical relations and solid bonds of friendship and this was aptly underlined during the meeting between His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and the Indian leader.

At a time when Indian farmers are in deep trouble, Gandhi’s suggestion that a “second green revolution” is required to bring them out of the crisis makes perfect sense.

Demonetisation and GST have generally been blamed for huge job losses across India. As the Congress leader suggested, there is a dire need for India to take head on the issue of unemployment.

There has been a word of assurance for the people of Andhra Pradesh from the leader. Gandhi has made it clear that his party is committed to according a special state status to the southern Indian state if his party wins the elections of 2019. This has been a long-standing demand of the state and should come as music to the ears of the Congress ally in that state.

The voice of Indian expatriates has never been heard the way it should have been so far. The Congress leader has pledged to rectify that by stating, “Your voices will be deeply embedded” in the Congress’ manifesto for the 2019 general election.” He should keep his pledge to give the Diaspora a political voice and strengthen the partnership with non-resident Indians.

The new direction that the world’s largest democracy will take may be known in a matter of a few months when general elections take place.

The dynamic Congress leader has vowed to focus on creating jobs and transforming agriculture. Corruption is another major challenge that needs to be addressed. These are indeed huge tasks, but if there is a will, there’s a way.

The Gulf Today

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