‘A peace-loving, humble country; hatred superficial’
New Delhi: A day after the Delhi University (DU) sent a notice to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his “sudden” visit to the varsity hostel, he shared a video on on his YouTube channel that showed how the proctor welcomed him and even interacted with him.
In the video, DU proctor Rajni Abbi asks Gandhi whether his view of India has changed after the Bharat Jodo Yatra. To this, Gandhi answers: “In Bharat Jodo Yatra, what really surprised me was the love and affection that people in this country have for each other. Peace-loving, affectionate, humble country. And a lot of what one sees in the media, the arrogance, the anger, the hatred, is superficial. It’s not real. Actually people in this country are humble, loving and affectionate.”
During his interaction with the students, Gandhi had answered questions related to the caste census and how he handles abuse, among others. He also asked students to share their concerns, and commented on India’s unemployment issue. “The reason India is not producing jobs is because India is failing completely at manufacturing,” he said. He also said that India is witnessing economic growth, but not job creation.
The former Congress president also said that his biggest inspiration has always been Gautama Buddha. “He’s one of the most profound political thinkers,” he said.
Gandhi had visited DU’s Post-Graduate Men’s Hostel last Friday, and had lunch with the students there. This led to the provost of the hostel, K P Singh, to send a notice to Gandhi on Wednesday over the “sudden” visit to the facility, saying that “such a conduct from a leader of a National Party who has Z-plus security is beyond dignity”. The two-page note said the incident amounted to trespass and irresponsible behaviour, and asked the Congress leader to “cease and desist” from taking any such step in the future.