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Defending India’s Identity! Rahul Gandhi Takes Aim at BJP Over INDIA vs Bharat Row

On the India vs. Bharat issue, Rahul Gandhi is adamant that anyone who change the nation's identity will face repercussions.

Rahul Gandhi

India vs Bharat: Rahul Gandhi, the head of the Congress, said on Sunday that those “attacking the soul of India” should be “made to pay a significant price” in what appears to be a jab at the federal government amid the India vs. Bharat controversy.

Rahul Gandhi’s Strong Critique of Name Change Efforts

“People who are trying to change the name of the country are basically trying to deny history. We will have to make examples of people, we’ll have to make sure that the people who have done what they have done, pay a significant price. So that anyone trying to attack the soul of India understands that they will also have to pay a price for their actions,” Rahul said while speaking at Sciences PO University in Paris, France.

Rahul Gandhi’s Commitment Amidst Political Struggles

In his opinion, the intention behind the move is more important than whether the country is referred to as India or Bharat. He asserted that the federal government was pressured into adopting the name “Bharat” by the Opposition alliance INDIA bloc. “The Indian Constitution uses both names (India and Bharat). Both words are perfectly fine. But we have perhaps irritated the (central) government with our coalition name. Our coalition name is INDIA. And that’s why they decided to change the name of the country,” he said. Gandhi stated that he is working to prevent the suppression of minorities in India by the Rashtriya Swayamseva Sangh (RSS) and the central government, which is run by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “BJP and RSS are trying to stunt the expression and participation from the people of the lower and backward castes. I don’t want an India where people are mistreated because they are a minority,” he said.

Uncomfortable Minorities in India

He said it is a “matter of shame for India” to have minorities that feel uncomfortable in their own country. “If there are 200 million people who feel uncomfortable in India, if people for the Sikh community feel so uncomfortable, women feel so uncomfortable, it is a matter of shame for us. That needs to be corrected,” he said. He also lambasted the Hindutva ideology of the BJP, saying that whatever the center-ruling party does is consistent with the teachings of the Hindu epics. “I have read the Bhagwad Gita, the Upanishads and other Hindu scriptures. And I can say that there is nothing Hindu about war the BJP does, there is absolutely nothing,” Rahul said. He said a learned Hindu man had taught him that one should not terrorise or harm the people who are weaker than them. “But these BJP people, they are not Hindu nationalists. They can do anything for power and to gain dominance. There is nothing Hindu about it,” he said.

Non-Democracy and Global Manufacturing Dominance

Gandhi condemned China for being a “non-democratic” country that has attained majority control over the manufacturing industries on a worldwide scale as he spoke in the context of the G20 Summit in Delhi and the India-China relationship. “We all need to be worried about one problem. It is a problem for everyone – India, Europe and USA. The problem is that today, all the bulk production, manufacturing, and value addition is being done in China. The Chinese have competed against us and succeeded. They are good at producing things, but they do it with a non-democratic process,” he said.

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