Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has said that intolerance and unemployment are the key issues that pose a serious challenge to India’s national security and development.
Mr. Gandhi, who is in the U.S. on a two-week-long tour, held a series of meetings, including a roundtable with eminent Indian/South Asia experts hosted by the Centre for American Progress (CAP), a Democratic-leaning think tank.Prominent among the attendees were CAP head Neera Tandon, the former U.S. Ambassador to India, Richard Verma, and Hillary Clinton’s top campaign advisor John Podesta.
Lisa Curtis, who heads the South Asia division at the National Security Council of the White House held discussions with Mr. Gandhi over a breakfast meeting during which the Trump administration official sought his views on the U.S.-India relationship and the recently announced Afghanistan and South Asia policy of U.S. President Donald Trump, according to the participants of the meeting.U.S. Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Thomas J. Donohue met Mr. Gandhi and other senior Congress leaders at an event hosted by U.S. India Business Council (USIBC).
During the meeting, Mr. Gandhi expressed concern over the inability of the government to create jobs in India, which he felt was leading the country towards a dangerous situation.Mr. Gandhi also had an off-the-record interaction with the editorial board of The Washington Post, wherein he shared his anguish over the rising intolerance globally, but in particularly in India.