New Delhi: In an hour-long session that included a speech, a Q and A session which
saw him walking around with a mic, many anecdotes about late-night train
journeys and chats with villagers and young people in search of
opportunity, Rahul Gandhi shared his vision of 21st century India. It is a "beehive," he said, to an audience of 1,000 industrialists. (Highlights of Rahul Gandhi's speech) | (Watch full speech) Mr
Gandhi, dressed in a white kurta-pyjama and without the stubble that
has been a recent trademark, said the beehive is buzzing with the energy
and aspirations of a billion people, brimming with complexity and
innovations, but that unlike a beehive, where every voice is heard,
India's system is "clogged." (India is a 'beehive', Rahul to India Inc)
India, he said, believes in "the man who
comes in on a horse, the sun in the background, a billion people
waiting, and he is going to fix everything. No, that's not going to
up to that theme, he warned, "Give one individual all the power you
want, he cannot solve the problems of a billion people. Give a billion
people the power to solve their problems, it will be done immediately." (Rate his speech here)
Another apparent reference to Mr Modi lay in this statement, "Anger, hatred and prejudice do not contribute to growth. Do not under estimate the benefits of harmony when you play the politics of alienating communities you stop the flow of movement of people and ideas. "
Mr Modi was in office when communal riots in 2002 killed 1200 people in Gujarat, most of them Mulisms.
Gandhi did not acknowledge that his party has been in power more than
any other, and is therefore accountable at least in part for the many
flaws he highlighted. (Watch: Rahul's Q&A session with India Inc)
He was candid that his own lofty status -
he is second in the Congress only to his mother, Sonia, who is
president- is based on "DNA." "It's an accident of fate ... I happen to
come from a chain of people," he said.
He used the colloquial
"Boss" repeatedly, appeared casual and relaxed for the most part, made a
joke about his concerns about balding, and acknowledged the criticism
that he does not share his views. "Frankly, I should do this more
often," he said.