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Rahul Gandhi in London: 'Chinese are still in Doklam, PM Modi has no Pakistan strategy'

"Doklam is not an isolated issue. It was a part of a sequence of events, it was a process. Prime Minister is episodic. He views Doklam as an event. If he was carefully watching the process, he could've stopped it," Rahul Gandhi said.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: August 24, 2018 19:17 IST ]

Rahul Gandhi speaking at International Institute of Social Science (IISS) in London

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that Doklam standoff between Indian and Chinese armies was not an isolated event but a process which PM Modi could have sopped if he had carefully watched it.

Speaking at International Institute of Social Science (IISS) in London, Rahul Gandhi said that the Chinese are still present in Doklam.

"Doklam is not an isolated issue. It was a part of a sequence of events, it was a process. Prime Minister is episodic. He views Doklam as an event. If he was carefully watching the process, he could've stopped it," Rahul Gandhi said.

"The truth is the Chinese are still in Doklam today," he added.

Talking about India-Pakistan relationship, Rahul Gandhi said that it was difficult to converse with Pakistan as no single institution in that country enjoyed supremacy.

The Congress president also alleged that PM Modi had no deeply thought out strategy for Pakistan.

"It's very difficult to converse with Pakistan because there is no one institution that holds supremacy. So we wait until they come to form a cohesive structure," Rahul said. 

"There is no deeply thought out strategy by PM Modi when it comes to Pakistan," he added.

Talking about India's progress in last 70 years, Rahul Gandhi said that the country has witnessed peaceful transformation through democratic means in this period.

"Broadly, India has been in a transition over the last 70 years. A rural country has transformed using democratic principles.Our transformation has been peaceful. One unstated principle was that benefits would go to all Indians, no one would be left out. Another principle was that the pace of change will differ for different people," Rahul Gandhi said.

Comparing India's transformation with that of China, Rahul Gandhi pointed out that Chinese methodology was a bit violent.

"A similar transformation is happening in China. While ours is a more organic process, the Chinese methodology is a bit violent

"China is rising and there are consequences of that rise in the world. India can play a balancing role and build a bridge that can make the world a safer place," he added.

Rahul further said that though India has a traditional link with Chinese, the country has more in common with European countries in terms of democratic structure.

Talking about demonetisation, Rahul Gandhi alleged that the idea came from the RSS. He also claimed that the idea of demonetisation was planted in PM Modi's head bypassing both the Finance Minister as well as the RBI.

"The idea of demonetisation came directly from RSS, bypassed the Finance Minister & RBI, and was planted in Prime Minister's head," Rahul Gandhi said.

Claiming that decentralisation of power has brought success for India, Rahul Gandhi alleged that the country has witnessed massive centralisation of power in last four years.

"India's successes have come whenever power has been decentralised. What is going on in the last 4 years is a massive centralisation of power," Rahul Gandhi said.

"What we can learn from China is how it's the local governments run the system. In India PM Office holds too much power," he added.

The Congress president said that any effort to create divisions among 1.3 billion people will reduce India's strengths.

He further said that india's economic power lied in millions of MSMEs who create jobs.

Comparing the RSS with Muslim Brotherhood of the Arab world, Rahul said that it was trying to change the nature of India by capturing the country's institutions.

"RSS is trying to change the nature of India. Other parties haven't tried to capture India's institutions. RSS's idea is similar to the idea of Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab world," he said.

The Congress president claimed that Indian businessmen, who had great expectations from Modi government, were disappointed and willing to support the Congress party.

However, he alleged that the businessmen were facing immense pressure from government agencies like CBI and ED.

"Businesses had expected a lot from PM Modi. But they are disappointed and are willing to support us. But today, there is an immense amount of pressure from CBI, ED on India's businesses," he said.

Watch: Rahul Gandhi speaks at IISS in London

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