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For the first time, Congress vice president and poll campaign chief Rahul Gandhi opens up to an elaborate sit down interview with a TV channel. For the first time after his political debut in 2004, Rahul Gandhi takes direct questions on wide range of subjects. In the biggest political interview, Rahul was asked all the questions that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi India wanted answers from the Gandhi scion. Is he scared of a political face off against Modi? What is his view of the 1984 Sikh riots? Was he a reluctant politician? And what are his views on multiple scams that UPA 2 was affected by. The following are the transcripts of the 1 hour 20 minute long interview with Rahul Gandhi: Part 1: Headline points: On being asked on why this interview has taken so long, Rahul denies any reluctance to communicate. Rahul on not being PM candidate: Announcing a PM without MPs' consent not written in the Constitution. On avoiding being named PM, Rahul criticises those who do, says "Democracy is not about destroying processes." Rahul indirectly takes on BJP for naming PM candidate. Says "Democracy is about non-arbitrary decisions, it is not about destroying processes" Rahul on whether he's scared to take on Modi: First understand me, and then you'll get an answer about what I'm scared of. Rahul on avoiding faceoff with Modi: I've seen my grandmother and father die, I'm not scared of anything. Rahul on whether he fears losing to Modi: I'm not scared of losing, I've lost those I loved, "absolutely nothing I'm scared of." Rahul on not fearing loss to Modi: Like Arjun from Mahabharat, I see only one thing: changing the system.
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Rahul on being asked about Modi, says he's "blind to everything else" except changing the system. Part 1: Q: Rahul, Thank you very much. It's great to have you on Frankly Speaking show today. It's been 10 years as an MP for you, you fought your first election in 2004 & this is your first TV interview. A: It's not my first interview, but it's my first formal interview of this type. Q: Why has it taken so long? A: I have done a little media interaction, prior to this. I have done press conferences & spoken to the media. But mainly bulk of my focus has been on internal party work and that's where I have been concentrating, that is where most WORLD VIDEOS PHOTOS CRICKET MOVIES AUTO SPORTS LIFESTYLE of myINDIA energy was going. Q: Or is that you have been reluctant to communicate more on one to one basis? A: Not at all, I have had many many press conferences that you have seen. I don't have that issue. Q: It's not that you wanted to avoid touching on difficult or tough issues. A: I like difficult to tough issues, I like dealing with them. Q: Now that this is your first detailed & long interview in 10 years, we have a lot of ground to cover. I have one request to you right at the start of the interview, let's be as specific as possible on the subjects we deal with today. Do I have your Agreement on that? A: Yes, we will be specific but if I would like to sort of explain things in a broader fashion, I think that will okay with you. Q: If I want to draw you back into specifics? A: You can draw me back as much as you want. Q: Rahul Gandhi the first point is this; you have just avoided this whole question about whether you are open to PM's post. It seems to me Rahul that you are avoiding a difficult contest. A: See, if you look at the speech I gave at AICC a few days back. The issue is basically how the Prime Minister in this country is chosen. The way the Prime Minister is chosen in this country is through the MPs. Our system chooses MPs & MPs elect Prime Minister. I said pretty clearly in my speech in AICC, that if the Congress party so chooses & Congress party wants me to do anything for them, I am happy to do that. It's respect for the process. In fact announcing your PM prior to an election, announcing your PM without asking the members of Parliament, is not actually written in the constitution. Q: You did that in 2009? A: No, we didn't. Q: Of course you did? A: What we did in 2009 was that we had an incumbent Prime Minister. Prime Minister won the election, he then went to Parliament. The members of Parliament decided that, that Prime Minister will continue, and there was actually a process where he was asked.
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with respect. what I had to scared off I lost. you decided to become a journalist at some point. I have an aim.intoday. The real question is what I am doing sitting here.India Today
Q: But you named your Prime Ministerial candidate? A: We had an incumbent Prime Minister and there was no question of our changing him.in/story/full-text-of-rahul-gandhis-interview-narendra-modi-1984-riots/1/340191. Q: Because I like and enjoy being a journalist. so I'll throw the question. he only
http://indiatoday. Democracy is about spreading decisions. you are a journalist. I have seen my grandmother go to jail and I have actually been through a tremendous amount of pain as a child when these things happen to you. I am asking you a question. he is avoiding a direct one on one battle with Narendra Modi.html 3/28
. but what one has to do and this is central to what I keep saying is that democracy is about respect of processes. but I will answer the question and that will give you some insight into how Rahul Gandhi thinks. It is like in our mythology when they talk about Arjun. how I grew up and the circumstances in which I grew up. back to you. There is a process in the constitution and that process says. Narendra Modi? A: I am going to answer the question but I just want to ask you. there is absolutely nothing I am scared off. when you were small you must have said to yourself I want to do something. I have seen my father die. I can't be half a journalist. The fact of the matter is this. it is a conversation. I have a clear aim in my mind and the aim is that I do not like what I see in Indian politics. Once you have decided to get into politics and you are leading your party effectively. Q: Are you avoiding a direct face-off with Narendra Modi? Is there a fear of loss Rahul because this election is not looking good for the Congress party from overall estimates? And the growing belief is that if Rahul Gandhi has not picked up the challenge officially that means that there is a fear of loss. it is a professional challenge for me. News . and it is clearly written in the constitution. For that I will have to expand a little bit about my growing up. it is not about destroying processes. you must answer that? A: To understand that question you have to understand a little bit about who Rahul Gandhi is and what Rahul Gandhi's circumstances have been and if you delve into that you will get an answer to the question of what Rahul Gandhi is scared off and what he is not scared off. you can't be leading your party by half. who was a pilot. In my life I have seen my grandmother die. Democracy is about non-arbitrary decisions. who else will they choose. All I am doing is respecting that process.was my father. A: Yes. it is something that is inside my heart. Q: See Rahul we can go up and down on this question. why did you do that? Q: You are asking me the question. What I saw when I was a child . Narendra Modi is challenging you on a daily basis? A: You are not answering my question. and who else will Congress MPs choose if not Rahul Gandhi? A: That is up to them right. and it says members of parliament are to be elected by the population and members of parliament are to elect the Prime Minister. My question is you avoiding a direct face-off with Mr. when you were young and thought of being a journalist what drove you? Q: Once I decided to become a journalist.2/16/2014
Full text of Rahul Gandhi's interview : Elections. and because of circumstances was thrown into the political system and all I saw when was small after my grandmother died was my father in constant-constant combat with the system in India and then I saw him die actually.
PM right in blaming him for massacre. I see more energy in this country than any other country.India Today
sees one thing. says he "fundamentally disagrees with that. I see billions of youngsters and I see this energy is trapped. he does not see anything else. as if I lack empathy for what you are saying. I am blind because I saw people I love destroyed by the system. Rahul please answer my question as specifically as you can? A: What Rahul Gandhi wants to do. Modi is not actually the point. I am here basically for one thing. I saw him every single day of his life. Q: You are avoiding the question. I will go into those areas and I respect what you are telling me about your personal journey. so the question of whether I am afraid of losing an election or whether I am afraid of Mr. a) what is your view of Narendra Modi b) are you afraid of losing to Narendra Modi. Modi you ask me about anything and the thing that I see is that the system in this country needs to change." Rahul now takes on Modi directly. Rahul says: "I think we will defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party in the next elections. I don't see anything else and I am blind to everything else. Part 2: Q: Can I draw you back to my question. people died. now let's be very specific Rahul. wants to unleash the power of these women. News . Part 2: Headline points: Asked about Modi. in fact I am pretty sure many people do but my question to you is Narendra Modi calls you a Shehzada. says "Gujarat (riots) happened. what is the Congress Vice President's view of the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate A: I think we will defeat the BJP in the next elections. which concentrated power in Modi's hands.in/story/full-text-of-rahul-gandhis-interview-narendra-modi-1984-riots/1/340191. you come from Assam and I am sure that you also in your work feel the unfairness of the system. says he was CM during riots. A: No I am not avoiding the question. It's not Rahul. I am blind because the system everyday is unfair to our people." Rahul's strongest ever attack on Modi. says Manmohan right in accusing Modi of "presiding over a mass massacre. is Rahul Gandhi and millions of youngsters in this country want to change the way the system in this country works. Rahul backs PM. I see tremendous energy in this country. you asked me about Mr. Q: My question to you is. The system everyday-everyday hurts people and I have felt the pain that the system can cause.2/16/2014
Full text of Rahul Gandhi's interview : Elections." Rahul criticises BJP for concentrating all power in Modi's hands. Modi was CM. says it's a fact that he "presided over mass massacre in Ahmedabad streets. I felt the pain with my father. What Rahul Gandhi wants to do is empower the women in this country. I ask you today.html 4/28
." Rahul says his philosophy fundamentally different from BJP.intoday." Rahul backs PM charge against Modi.
http://indiatoday. I mean we talk about being a superpower. Narendra Modi calls you a Shehzada.
implicate him personally. We empowered people in the freedom movement. the court upheld the SIT finding and therefore legally speaking Mr. Q: How is Narendra Modi responsible for the riots when the courts have given him a clean chit. Q: Specifically speaking how is Narendra Modi. that RTI." Mr. Narendra Modi on this issue when he has been given the clean chit by the courts in the Gujarat riots? A: The congress party and the BJP have two completely different philosophies. We have empowered millions and millions of people through frankly the most powerful legislation that has ever taken place in this country called the RTI. your PM accuses Narendra Modi in his press conference of presiding over "the mass massacre of innocent citizens on the streets of Ahmedabad. I believe in the RTI. The real issue at hand here is. Everything we have done over that last 5-10years. Q: The fact remains that Narendra Modi has been given a clean chit. News . Gandhi you cannot draw Narendra Modi into the Gujarat riots. It was challenged in the court. the BJP believes in concentration of power in the hands of one person. democracy should go to every house.our party believes that women should be empowered. and we empowered the citizens of India when we did the telecom revolution. The BJP believes power should be extremely concentrated in this country. I believe in opening up the system. I fundamentally disagree with that. Gujarat happened. and how can you do that when he has been given a clean chit in the Gulbarg massacre by the SIT of the court. Rahul Gandhi my question to you is this.intoday.html 5/28
. My question to you is can the Congress party sustain its attack on Mr. Narendra Modi of it? A: Gujarat happened. it needs to push democracy into the villagers. I believe in democracy. about empowering the youth. it needs to give women democratic powers. I mean what the Prime Minister is saying is a fact. few people should run this country and the large mass of this country should have no voice. Modi responsible? A: He was CM when Gujarat happened. Q: How do you accuse Mr.Right to
http://indiatoday. in the Gulbarg massacre case by the SIT and the court Mr. Do you believe that strategy of your party is fundamentally wrong? A: The strategy of the party is very simple. do you agree with your PM when he says that? A: Well. I believe in giving power to our people. We have fundamentally different philosophies.2/16/2014
Full text of Rahul Gandhi's interview : Elections. would like to expound your views. and the MNREGA paradigm should be further expanded. every single thing we have ever done is empower people. Q: What is your view. people died. we empowered farmers in the Green revolution. your party criticised him for the 2002 Gujarat riots. It is about opening the doors of the congress party. Gandhi.India Today
Q: And what is your view of BJP's prime ministerial candidate? A: The BJP has prime ministerial candidate. it needs push democracy deeper into the country.in/story/full-text-of-rahul-gandhis-interview-narendra-modi-1984-riots/1/340191. politically your party's tact to criticise Narendra Modi and draw him into the Gujarat riots? A: Our political party is fighting an ideological battle Against the BJP and let me draw out the two pillars. in fact if you look all the way back to the freedom movement. it needs to give youngsters democratic powers. people died but the real issue as far I am concerned. our attack on the BJP is based on the idea that this country needs to move forward democratically. Q: How is Mr.
Rahul accuses him of "actually abetting and pushing the riots further. Gujarat riots is the question. people died. giving them democratic rights within the political party. Focus on empowering our people. Rahul says "large number of people" saw Gujarat government actively involved. What I want to do is going forward is basically focus on three things. giving them true power. I want to make this the centre of manufacturing in the world. Part 3: Headline points: Rahul answers a question on 1984 by praising Sikhs.html 6/28
. Of course there is your point of the Gujarat riots and it is very important that people who have taken part in this kind of thing are brought to book.2/16/2014
Full text of Rahul Gandhi's interview : Elections. Rahul says he has been told that "the Gujarat administration was actively attacking minorities. I want to make this place at least as much as a manufacturing power as China. The real ideological battle that is taking place here and the one we are going to win and that has always been one in this country is the battle of empowering people in this country. Mr. says Modi govt was involved in the riots. your party has consistently wanted to put Mr. he says "the court has given me clean chit" and I am asking you today.intoday. says he doesn't turn his anger against a community. I am bringing you to a real ideological battle that is taking place here. The Gujarat riots took place. I want youngsters who come in and really. Rahul Gandhi admits the role of "some Congressmen" involved in 1984 riots. A: The PM has stated his position on the Gujarat riots. Rahul's response: I do not take my anger on 2 people who did something evil and overlay it on millions. Narendra Modi was in charge of Gujarat at that point. Q: I will come to that but you haven't answered my question." Rahul gives Congress govt clean chit for 1984." Rahul draws distinction between Gujarat riots of 2002 and anti Sikh riots of 1984.India Today
information. Rahul accuses Narendra Modi government further on riots. together with everybody. Congress govt in 1984 tried to stop the riots. News . I want to empower them and I want to make India. In a dramatic charge against Modi." Accusing Modi of pushing riots further. But the real issue at hand here is empowering the women of this country. After admitting "role of some Congressmen" in 1984. Modi government in Gujarat was abetting the riots. truly empowering our people. things that were in closed doors which nobody knew about. really push democracy in the party. taking everybody together I want to put India on the manufacturing map. We talk about India being a superpower we can only be half a superpower if our women are not empowered. Narendra Modi on the back foot on the Gujarat riots. Things that used to be closed. while accusing Modi of pushing
http://indiatoday. For the first time. is your party's argument about putting him on the back foot on Gujarat is flawed given the ways the courts have looked at it. Rahul says they have been "punished for it.in/story/full-text-of-rahul-gandhis-interview-narendra-modi-1984-riots/1/340191.
my question is do you acknowledge the role of Congress men in the 1984 riots because there must be justice. that's just not me. Q: Were Congressmen involved? A: Some Congress men were probably involved. now let me quote. What those two people did to my Grandmother. I think it was campaign trail in Rajasthan.. frankly. the Gujarat riot cases have moved forward and many people have got justice.html 7/28
. in 1977 when my Grandmother lost the election we went and lived . my question is do you acknowledge the role of Congress men in the 1984 riots becauseâ€¦ A: I am coming to your question. you spoke in one of your speeches of the anger of your Grandmothers death.and the people who came with my Grandmother. I don't turn around and take my anger which existed then. Gandhi before you seek an apology from Modi would you apologise for the 1984 riots. Q: I am sure you don't. Jagdish Tytler. if I just compare that to the 1984 riots. I don't have the same world view as my opposition. Q: I am sure you don't. do you acknowledge the role of congressmen in the 1984 riots. Gandhi he's constantly deriding you by calling you a Shehzada. I want to ask the Shehzada and you remember Mr. I think the Sikhs are probably one of the industrious people in this country. Sajjan Kumar. Pretty much everyone had deserted my Grandmother but the Sikhs were standing with my Grandmother. Part 3: Q: You say that Narendra Modi was CM during the Gujarat riots and the BJP was in power. Q: Were Congressmen involved? A: Did innocent people die? Absolutely. would that be something that you consider? A: I do not take my anger which existed on 2 individuals who did something evil and wrong and overlay it on millions of people. Now that speech of yours became a subject of controversy with Narendra Modi posing a series a questions to you on 1984 and he said the following and I want to quote him and your categorical and specific response "he's crying for the assassination of his Grandmother but has he shed tears of those killed in the 1984 riots. B) will you apologise for the riots as your party demands an apology from Modi for the Gujarat riots? A: Two things. You spoke about knowing the people who killed her and you spoke about anger and managing your own anger and quelling your own anger and drawing it into strength elsewhere. those people who stood by my Grandmother were Sikhs. I think that's criminal. they go on for the longest period of time. whether your party kills Sikhs in anger when your Grandmother died. I am asking you again. Mr. Dharam Das Shastri and the one story that you hear there is these cases are endless.India Today
riots in Gujarat further. News . Mr. Were they completely wrong? Absolutely. we have a PM who is a Sikh.in/story/full-text-of-rahul-gandhis-interview-narendra-modi-1984-riots/1/340191.. it doesn't exist now and brush it onto an entire community. my first question. The BJP was as much in power in Gujarat during the riots as much as Akhilesh is in power in UP or for that matter the Congress party was in power when the 1984 anti-Sikh riots happened. so following from this I have 2 questions.. I admire them. was two individuals. Gandhi there has to be finality.
http://indiatoday. Did the Sikh riots take place in Delhi? Absolutely.2/16/2014
Full text of Rahul Gandhi's interview : Elections. HKL Bhagat.intoday. you can look at the status and case history of what happened to Mr.
A: Some congressmen have been punished for it. Rahul Gandhi. Q: What are you saying? Can you explain? A: I am saying that there was difference between the 1984 riots and the riots in Gujarat. I am not the person who saw it.India Today
Q: Has justice been delivered to them? A: There is a legal process through which they have gone through.. Q: Explain that.. Q: In that case. large number of people who saw actively the Government of Gujarat being involved in the riots.it's the large number of people who were there. The difference was that the Government in 1984 was trying to stop the riots. I remember the Government was doing everything it could to stop the riots. How is the late HKL Bhagat
http://indiatoday. Gandhi I am asking you this question in all seriousness do you feel that Congressmen were involved and 2) Do you believe if you apologise for the riots there will be finality? A: The fact of the matter is that innocent people died in 1984 and innocent people dying is a horrible thing and should not happen.in/story/full-text-of-rahul-gandhis-interview-narendra-modi-1984-riots/1/340191. people saw it. So there is a huge difference between the two things. then tell me. Q: You admit some Congressmen were probably involved. accused of inciting the mob in Pulbangash leading to murder and rioting in the area. your colleague saw it. The Government in Gujarat was actually abetting and pushing the riots further. Q: The CM of Gujarat has been given a clean chit by the courts. Q: You will keep that line despite the CM getting a clean chit form the courts? A: I mean. Mr.. it was only following the media furore that his nomination was taken back. I remember. I was a child then..2/16/2014
Full text of Rahul Gandhi's interview : Elections. News . The difference between Gujarat and 1984 was that the Government of Gujarat was involved in the riots Q: How do you say that A: I mean. saying that innocent people dying is absolutely wrong. Q: If the government in Delhi and in the center was trying to stop the riots in 1984. Government of Gujarat was aiding and abetting the riots is what you just said.html 8/28
.. How is Jagdish Tytler. Q: They saw the riots? A: The saw the administration actively attacking minorities. trying to stop the killing whereas the Government in Gujarat was allowing the riots to happen. A: The difference between the 84 riots and the riots in Gujarat was that in 1984 the Government was trying to stop the riots. The status of the case is known. In Gujarat the opposite was the case. Mr.intoday. Your colleagues told me. why don't you apologise for the 1984 riots? The congressmen who you are talking about are still fighting their cases and in 2009 if I am not mistaken Jagdish Tytler. how is it possible that Sajjan Kumar was named in Fir's on the grounds of inciting violence in outer Delhi leading to the murder of Sikhs. Was going to get nominated as a congress candidate. explain that? A: I mean it's not me.
once more if you can substantiate. It was challenged by Zakia Jafri. And that process is on. And what I want to do.India Today
accused of inciting violence. Gandhi? A: Look. Rahul accuses Modi government once again of directly aiding and abetting the communal riots. Q: There was an SIT finding. Rahul on charge of protecting Chavan: I made my position absolutely clear in a press conference. that the Chief Minister and the government of Gujarat played a role in abetting the riots? You
http://indiatoday. It went up there and the courts upheld what the SIT found. Rahul on bringing political parties under the RTI: More openness the better. the accusation is that the government could have done a little bit more. Part 4: Q: I appreciate that you believe in transparency. But at the same time I want you to. Rahul in response to putting Congress under RTI: Press does not have RTI. All I'm saying. How did these Congress leaders do what they did allegedly. judiciary does not have RTI. Rahul's final position: Happy to have a discussion on bringing political parties under the RTI. See there is a legal process. I'll move away from Gujarat but I must say that I have not found this comparison between 1984 riots and 2002 riots that they are two different cases. And you know that a plea in the Delhi Court was closed after his death. In Gujarat it was. all I'm saying is that there is a difference between the 1984 riots and the Gujarat riots. The reason for this is because in both cases the government. Gandhi. Rahul on charge of protecting Chavan: I'm sorry but Congress has taken action on every issue of corruption. News . Rahul says: "I wasn't involved in the riots at all.html 9/28
." Rahul says that he agrees with bringing political parties under RTI. Asked if he will apologise for 1984. The question is why do these kind of things take place. And I have said it and I will say it again. Okay. because of the fact that people do not have a voice in the system.2/16/2014
Full text of Rahul Gandhi's interview : Elections. I want to ask these questions. if there is unanimity. You stand by what you said. I can't take this at face value Mr. if the government was so strongly and proactively acting against the riots? A: There is a process.in/story/full-text-of-rahul-gandhis-interview-narendra-modi-1984-riots/1/340191. The simple difference is that in 1984 the government was not involved in the massacre of people. These are fundamental questions. Why is it that the Gujarat riots took place? The Gujarat riots took place frankly because of the way our system is structured. bring a law in parliament on it.intoday. Are you questioning the wisdom of the courts Mr. It wasn't that I was part of it. Part 4: Headline points: Simple difference was that in 1984 the government was not involved in the massacre. What I want to do is question the fundamentals over here. In Gujarat it was. I want to ask why women have to be scared to go out on the street. What I want to do is ask a couple of questions. I want to ask why candidates that are chosen in every single party are chosen by a tiny number of people.
The difference is that the government of the day in 1984 was not aiding and abetting the riots. It wasn't that I was part of it. Why would you not bring the same freshness of perspective in this case as you did when you dealt with the issue of the ordinance? A: I think that political parties should be under RTI if political parties feel. Frankly I was not in operation in the Congress party. 89.in/story/full-text-of-rahul-gandhis-interview-narendra-modi-1984-riots/1/340191.11% of its money comes from unaccounted sources. Why would you not say charity begins at home? And let us put the Congress party and its funds under the scanner of the RTI. Q: On behalf of you party. You have demonstrated some of your actions in the past that what you say and do can influence the decisions in government and in parliament.India Today
stand by what you said? A: All I'm saying is there is a difference between the 1984 riots and the Gujarat riots. I have a view also for example on the six bills that are sitting in parliament. I have a personal view on it but you have to take that view through parliament. Q: Mr.html 10/28
. Q: So you don't need to apologise for the '84 riots. The real question is that our system is based on different pillars. unnamed sourced. Will you do the same? A: First of all I wasn't involved in the riots at all. I want your view on it. Which is the single biggest legislation to combat corruption. We worked together to bring the RTI. There are questions about the RTI that need to be discussed and thought through. were a horrible event. Gandhi let's move on to the RTI. I have spoken about the Lokpal Bill and I have pushed the Lokpal Bill.2/16/2014
Full text of Rahul Gandhi's interview : Elections. will you give it? Your Prime Minister has apologised for the riots. If someone seeks an apology from you.intoday. I agree with you. You are a very influential politician. What one needs to do is pass a law in parliament that brings RTI in the political party. You said. That is all I'm saying. Which you said in your speech at the AICC that was something that you were speaking about. if you only put RTI into one pillar and you don't have RTI in for example the judiciary and the press and in other areas then you
http://indiatoday. Q: What was your view? What will be your view on it? A: My position is that the more openness the better. and it's a law that has to be passed in parliament. as all riots. Now. in the AICC you said we enacted this revolutionary law to hand you power knowing fully well that it would place our own government under severe scrutiny.
Q: I'll come to that. And the question is which ones of these pillars should have RTI. I have made the Youth Congress and the NSUI fully elected bodies. Expressed deep regret. A: I think that riots. Because. I find it ironical that a party which has 90.38% of its funds from cash between 2008 and 2012. I was involved in the RTI. So as far as transparency in the political party is concerned I am absolutely for transparency. I have spoken about the six bills in parliament. talking about transparency in the party. If political parties unanimously feel that that should be the case then it should be the case. What about placing your own party under scrutiny? Are you open to that? A: I am the first person who has been saying over the last five years. News . But my question is on the RTI. Q: So your own personal view is that your political parties should be under RTI? A: See the issue is this. Laws in this country are passed by parliament. So my question to you is very significant.
A: No. One has to take care that one is not creating imbalances in the system. Q: But you are willing to let a discussion happen on brining political parties under RTI? A: Of course I am. You have to have a strategy to put RTI and open the system together. And that's something that one has to discuss. the law making done by the MLAs. So if you want to bring RTI. you look at the legislative power of an MLA today and you look at the role he plays in Parliament and the role he plays in the assembly. Q: Mr. Am I for opening up? Am I for bringing RTI into as many places possible? Absolutely. He presses buttons. Go to a state like Uttar Pradesh and you look at actually the law making. how does that actually weaken the legislative process? It brings in transparency. 'Okay let's put RTI here. A: But let me just go back and let me give you. Am I for creating an imbalance and weakening the legislative structures of this country.. Other components of the system do not have RTI. If you want to deepen RTI.html 11/28
. Q: How? A: Because the judiciary does not come under RTI. it's extremely limited. A: No it doesn't. And as far as opening the system is concerned. Gandhi. The press does not have RTI. Q: On bringing political parties under RTI? A: Absolutely. You can't talk about bringing people into politics. A: It brings in transparency but it changes the balance of power.. no. Q: On this specific subject. You cannot just say. A: On all subjects. Let me go further than that. put RTI here'. Q: How does putting political parties under the purview of the Right to Information Act. The Judiciary does not have RTI. Q: You're not opposed to that. Okay. Q: The press does not rule the country. Q: You're happy to have a discussion? A: Of course.India Today
might create an imbalance. Gandhi do I sense that you are almost committing yourself and then pulled back.intoday. A: No I am not opposed to any discussion.2/16/2014
Full text of Rahul Gandhi's interview : Elections. The central question in all this is who chooses political candidates and how? The central issue in all this is what is the power of the Member of Parliament. So you have to have a complete thinking. No I am not. ever.in/story/full-text-of-rahul-gandhis-interview-narendra-modi-1984-riots/1/340191. He doesn't actually make laws. the power of the MLA and the power of the Pradhan in political system? If you look at the legislative power of a Member of Parliament. you have to think about it in a composite manner. no. I have said that I am happy to have a discussion. News . You can't talk about opening up the system until you start to empower
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. including not just Ashok Chavan. Q: What about Ashok Chavan? A: Every single person. All of whom tried to interfere and meddle in the process.India Today
these people. Pass them. You said a little bit and you moved back. Q: Your Maharashtra cabinet rejected the judicial commission report on Adarsh. Rahul Gandhi I am asking you this because you've come up on the issue. They are penalised. The issue at hand is bringing in youngsters into the political system. You said you're not for it. A: I'm sorry the Congress party wherever we have had issues of corruption we have taken action. Opening the doors.intoday. partial acceptance of the report. 'You know what. We are the ones who delivered RTI to this country. The man still gets away scot-free. After that in some kind of tardy. You can say all this Mr. Rahul Gandhi. Q: The Chief Minister did a sort of partial acceptance which basically means bureaucrats are faulted in the report. Rahul Gandhi. Let me again go back to the issue at hand. You have not shown the political will to use your tremendous influence to ensure that Ashok Chavan faces justice. if I may say so. Q: But he has got away. But my question to you is more fundamental. Mr. Ashok Chavan. Indicted politicians get away.2/16/2014
Full text of Rahul Gandhi's interview : Elections. Which was by the way Mr. What will you say to the people watching this interview today. How big a compromise was it for you to continue to protect Mr. Why are you protecting Ashok Chavan? A: I made my position on Ashok Chavan absolutely clear. You will not make small compromises. You said you will not compromise. They used the name of Kargil Mr. Q: Was it part of the empowerment of people that Ashok Chavan was protected in the Adarsh Scam despite the fact that the judicial commission actually said that he was involved in a quid pro quo? A Chief Minister. Q: But your words are not matching your actions Mr. Rahul Gandhi played out greatly on the channel. you said it' but you're not taking responsibility.in/story/full-text-of-rahul-gandhis-interview-narendra-modi-1984-riots/1/340191. On every front. Do you have the political conviction to push this through. A: What I will say is that there are six bills in parliament that are sitting there bring them in. And we got it ourselves. Rahul Gandhi to give themselves private profit. I want to ask you Mr. News . There are several NCP ministers. Why should a bureaucrat be punished and a Congress politician be let off? A: What I will say is that in the Congress party anybody who does any act of corruption will be taken up and punished. And after that the governor refused to give prosecution to go against Ashok Chavan. an ex Chief Minister forced to go because of one of the biggest scams. who will say. We are the ones who brought the RTI which is the single biggest weapon against corruption. You're saying it but all the politicians they got away scot-free. Rahul Gandhi about the legislative framework to fight corruption. Is he being protected? The CBI is not getting permission to prosecute him. I made it front of a press conference. Ashok Chavan gets away. Why are you still protecting Ashok Chavan. If you say this and you have the conviction why are you not following it through?
http://indiatoday. I made it absolutely clear exactly what I thought about that issue. The bureaucrats are blamed and each and every politician including Mr. None of this was part of the empowerment of the people.
if there is any corruption by any Congress person we will take action. Says he made his views on scams "abundantly clear to the PM.html 13/28
. A: Absolutely not. We have to change the way the system works. not peripheral things. regardless of who he is. What all I'm saying is that anybody. We are
http://indiatoday. One ex Chief Minister and one a current Chief Minister. Large amounts of money are put in. Q: But nothing happened. Rahul says he knows that there is no case being followed against Virbhadra Singh. follow it and conclude it. The most powerful thing. Kalmadi was asked to leave as Secretary of the Congress Parliamentary Committee? A: We took action on the corrupt ministers. Q: Was the legal process completed when Mr. And then he says I just took the money as a personal loan because I wanted to do renovations in my Palace. We have put the most powerful bills in the Parliament house. My question is Mr." Rahul defends his silence on scams. Rahul: We took action on corrupt ministers. We got you RTI and we got six bills sitting in Parliament house. Lets talk about system being corrupt.2/16/2014
Full text of Rahul Gandhi's interview : Elections. We have passed a bill in parliament. The Lokpal Bill. That's what I tell the opposition in this country. Please get those bills passed. Q: Would you like to see Ashok Chavan facing action? A: We have punished our own minister. A: What do you mean nothing happened? Q: Ashok Chavan faces no action. And he takes money. Rahul Gandhi. aren't you missing on yet another opportunity to address the issue of corruption with Virbhadra Singh? A: As far as any corruption done. there is a legal process.India Today
A: I have made it absolutely crystal clear right in front of the press what I think about this issue. My question to you is we have papers which have shown that the Chief Minister takes money from a company which his government does business with." Part 5: Q: I am giving you two examples.intoday. Virbhadra Singh. News . Do you think it appropriate of another Chief Minister of a state to be deciding on the fate of a company. Rahul says he was reporting to the PM. says he had many conversations on the scams with the Prime Minister. anybody who is corrupt should be brought to book. but says "that is not my job. And this is really fundamental because you have taken a position on corruption of late. Q: Was the legal process completed when A Raja was asked to leave the cabinet? A: We took action against the DMK ministers. Part 5: Headline points: Rahul on Virbhadra corruption charge: There is a legal process.in/story/full-text-of-rahul-gandhis-interview-narendra-modi-1984-riots/1/340191. that he is revealed to have close links with? And by not speaking on it. because you've not spoken on it. And that legal process should be followed and concluded. As far as my personal view is concerned.
Six days the Parliament was washed out. carry out more legislation like RTI and we need to change the system. we have to change the processes that we use to elect candidates. Part 6: Headline points Rahul: Their clout does not make them oblivious to scrutiny. take action on it. Everybody is perfectly happy with 500 people running the entire system in India. we have to empower women in the political parties.html 14/28
. We need to open the door of the political parties. the fundamental political issue at hand is that our Political system is controlled by too few people and we absolutely have to change the way our political system is structured. And now I have helped pass the Lokpal Bill. And you can't take the defence that you were not very actively there. That's what I do. Whatever I felt I had conversations with the Prime Minister. Nobody. we have to make them more transparent. I was involved in the legislation.India Today
always talking about peripheral things. That's where nobody wants to talk. but we have to open up the system. You have for some time been effectively incharge of the 2014 re-election campaign. We are never talking about the core reason this system is corrupt. My job is when I see issues of corruption. The real issue here is participation of people in politics. The other question is. absolutely they should be punished. RTI legislation. And that the reason that happens is that our political system. Gandhi? Will you examine it? A: Anybody who is corrupt should be punished. I bring you back. The fundamental issue. It is bringing youngsters into the political system. A: What I feel is that this country needs to look at the fundamental issues at hand.in/story/full-text-of-rahul-gandhis-interview-narendra-modi-1984-riots/1/340191. do you feel in retrospect that you could have spoke out earlier. Q: Are you open to taking action on Ashok Chavan and Virbhadra Singh? Have you seen the papers yourself? Will you examine them Mr. we have to change our Political parties. Q: Well Mr. everyone said this is unacceptable. Why didn't you speak up during Coalgate? Why didn't you speak up? I think it was June 2010 that our channel broke the CWG scam and railgate. You could have spoken up. Mr. We need to move. that is where the meat of the issue but I don't hear that discussion. A: My position was that I report to the Prime Minister.intoday. I am not a judge. Everyone wants to know today why you didn't speak up during 2G. Rahul on tying up with Lalu despite corruption conviction: Alliance with an idea
http://indiatoday. So if there is a legal process and there is a result of the legal process. none of you want to raise that issue. The people on the streets do not have power. that is never the discussion. it's opening out the political system. should you have spoken up much much earlier? You know you didn't. Gandhi please be frank with me on this. Virbhadra Singh. How do we chose candidates? Q: Do you feel that you have undermined by remaining silent? I want to ask you this when the Pawan Bansal and Ashwini Kumar episode happened for six days the Govt batted back. Whatever I felt about the issues I made it abundantly clear to the Prime Minister. political parties are shut. Q: There is no case being followed against Mr. A: Yes I know that but I am saying that it is not my job. News .2/16/2014
Full text of Rahul Gandhi's interview : Elections. The core reason the season is corrupt is that there is too much concentration of power in the system and people on the peripheries do not have power. I don't hear the discussion about how are we actually choosing that candidate. Gandhi now you see.
are you willing to make compromises for political purposes. I still have faith in the PM. A: Our alliance in Bihar is with a political party with an idea not an individual. but the point here is the system is the system behind them that has no processes no systems and we just assume that thing is going to work. so certainly there are points at which you might have to take a decision that you are not a 100% happy with but the long term idea for me is to transform the system. Q: Mr. We have to bring youngsters into that and that no-one is discussing. does their clout make them oblivious to public accountability and scrutiny? A: Their clout doesn't make them oblivious. Part 6: Q: So I am asking you how are you choosing Ashok Chavan? That is a discussion I am willing to have. with a party. My question is will you make compromises.intoday. Rahul: Prices are an issue. What we have to do is we have to open that up. We need to bring in youngsters and we need to move away from this concentration of power. not an individual. and it is not certain that we are going to make an alliance. Rahul: Its not that I have just woken up on prices.html 15/28
. Q: Lalu Prasad has been convicted on the 30th of September 2013 for the alleged fraudulent withdrawal of crores of rupees from the Chaibasa treasury in the 90s. I made my views clear during the AICC session. will you make that compromise? A: These decisions of the Congress party are made by senior leaders. Q: If I were to take that further and challenge you that there is talk of a possible alliance with the DMK and Lalu Prasad.2/16/2014
Full text of Rahul Gandhi's interview : Elections. My question is will you make that compromise despite that case to enter into a political arrangement. you have got a round of applause when you spoke up on the ordinance. they are elected representatives they hold clout. There are many people have faulted you for your technique. how are you choosing Virbhadra Singh. I have been working with the PM on prices. Unfortunately the political system today is at a particular place and I can't simply ignore the fact that the political system is at that place. we are making alliance. the case you are completely aware of. News . they say you could have chosen a more discreet way. Q: You are the boss. Rahul to Arnab: Prices are a reality. alliances or convenience? A: My long term view is that we need to take the Indian political system to a different place.India Today
not an individual. Rahul: We are making alliances with parties on their views not with individuals (in context of corruption charges). because when you spoke on the ordinance there was also the backdrop of that case coming up. Gandhi a lot of people felt when you said that I will not make compromises. to bring in youngsters and make sure they are empowered. and if you are accused by your political
http://indiatoday.in/story/full-text-of-rahul-gandhis-interview-narendra-modi-1984-riots/1/340191. we are in process of talking to people and our alliance is with an idea. Rahul on tying up with Lalu despite corruption conviction: Our alliance with a party not an individual (Lalu).
Q: But these are not settled alliances yet but you are open to them? A: Yes. there are our alliance partners. Gandhi the other question is about price rise and you got a round of applause when you spoke about the LPG cylinders. you don't speak then .India Today
opponents that he talks about not making compromises but he agrees to enter into convenient alliances with parties for short term gains. When Raj Babbar says you can get food at 12 rupees a meal. we are going to win that election. Q: Did the Govt let you down. there is our alliance partner in Maharashtra. Q: Does the Govt's track record on prices not make your faith in the PM shake a little? A: We are working on prices. when Rashid Masood says you can get food at 5 rupees a meal you don't speak then. you told the Prime Minister quite charmingly . do you concede that? A: No. and there is our alliance partner in Bihar and Jharkhand. you don't speak on that. Q: Mr.. the accusation there is and the general feeling Mr. because in this period from 2004-2013 the wholesale price index of food goes up by 157%. it is that I have been working on it systematically. We are making an alliance with their view not with an individual. bringing them in and listening to them.2/16/2014
Full text of Rahul Gandhi's interview : Elections. vegetables by 350% and Onions by 521%. Q: Leader of the party is Lalu Prasad. News .that Mr. as I said we have spoken to our Chief Ministers and we have reduced prices in states where we are in power. how will you justify yourself? A: We are fighting an election. I have been in discussions with him and we have taken steps in our states. so it is not that I just woke up.in/story/full-text-of-rahul-gandhis-interview-narendra-modi-1984-riots/1/340191.
http://indiatoday. when I look back at your comments I find a comment each time. A: I still have faith in the PM he is our leader.. we are making an alliance with a political party. PM please make things less difficult for households. But I am questioning your silence all these years. 2011 you had lot of faith in the PM. But what I really feel that we need to start looking at empowering women. Rahul Gandhi is that you have really woken up to the issue after the 4-0 drubbing in the last state election. Q: Did UPA 2 let you down on prices? A: Prices are a reality. where we have called the Chief Ministers and we have taken steps where we have actually reduced the prices of vegetables in our states. I went to Kerala and I go a sense that women were concerned about that and I made that view clear to everybody in the AICC session. I think women are the backbone of this country and women need to be empowered and I felt that price rise is an issue cylinders were a big issue. Q: So you have not woken up to it only because of political purposes? A: No. hence you are making an alliance with an individual? A: No.intoday.html 16/28
. Q: But you didn't intervene earlier? A: I have been working with the PM on the Price rise issue. 2010. in 2009.
Rahul: I can either walk away or improve something. Rahul admits political dynasties exist in the Congress because the system is closed. I am absolutely against concept of dynasty. Rahul on Subramanian Swamy's charge: I have given a sworn affidavit saying that I have these degrees. I didn't sign up and say this is where Id like to be born. Keep throwing stones at us. Rahul to critics doubting him: When we win. Says he is "reasonably confident about it." Rahul Gandhi says that he will win the 2014 General Election. Responsibility is mine as Congress VP is the Congress loses this election." In a dramatic statement. Rahul flatly denies propping the AAP to limit the BJP.India Today
Part 7: Headline points Rahul's first response on AAP: There are things about how they have reached out to people. Says "Congress cant do that even if they wanted to. Rahul on Swamy: He has been attacking my family for 40 years. Rahul: The Congress felt we should give the AAP a chance to prove themselves and so wanted to assist them. Rahul on criticism: I'm not going to fight the superficial battle. When we lose. Let him take the legal process and solve it. Rahul says that if AAP goes against Sheila Dixit in the CWG scam. Rahul on criticism: It doesn't matter. Im here to fight a deep battle.
http://indiatoday. Rahul on criticism: I'm being attacked because I am doing things dangerous to the system. they say Im not involved. Beat me to death. Congress will not take back support. Rahul on dynasty in politics: You can't say Abracadabra and open the system by waving a wand. Rahul: Its ridiculous to even ask questions about our motives behind supporting the AAP.html
. Rahul defends himself against the charge that having 15 seats opened for direct candidate selection is too little. don't take that away from them. Rahul: I didn't choose to be born in this family. Rahul says he will take full responsibility if the Congress party does not win the 2014 election. says Rahul.2/16/2014
Full text of Rahul Gandhi's interview : Elections. Rahul on criticism: Attack me all you want. Rahul: If you want me to show you my degree I can show you my degree. News . I am the cause of it.in/story/full-text-of-rahul-gandhis-interview-narendra-modi-1984-riots/1/340191. It won't stop me.intoday.
' Responding to Modi's '60 months for 60 years' comment. A: I think that as far as I am concerned that the AAP won an election in Delhi and we thought that we would assist them
http://indiatoday. Rahul: Power per se. which parties were you talking about? A: The work that I have done in the Congress party. Rahul: The stuff I want to do is not done in 5 minutes.2/16/2014
Full text of Rahul Gandhi's interview : Elections. Rahul asks Modi 'not to brush aside what Cong has done all these years. Rahul: I don't go to an election thinking. the work that I have done in the youth Congress and the work that I am going to do in the future is about bringing in youngsters into the party. I presume you were talking of them when you said that there are people who can give haircuts to the Bald. I made a comment about the AAP where I said that there is something that we can learn from them and what I felt that we could learn from them is that they reached out to people in a particular way that was good. do you agree with that view? Do you feel in retrospect that support to the AAP is something you shouldn't have done? Please be candid and frank with me on this. there are things that I don't think we should take away from them. Rahul on criticism: If I don't have a thick skin now.intoday. Asked whether he's open to a one on one debate with Modi. strengthening candidate selection process and strengthening policy processes.html 18/28
.non-traditional parties being those who have involved a lot of people. That's at the heart of my politics. if we lose it's the end of the world. on the 8th of December after the loss you quite candidly spoke about traditional and non-traditional parties . were you referring to them when you said parties who over market themselves. strengthening processes. Gandhi what do you think of the Aam Admi Party and why are your views constantly shifting on the AAP.India Today
Rahul: 'Losing the election is not the end of the world' when questioned on recent losses. says they don't have 'process or structure which the Congress has.' Rahul says he is battle ready and going to win. it'll get thick. Chidambaram said he felt the decision to give support to the AAP was unnecessary and that the opinion was divided on this within the Congress. Rahul: The "power is poison" remark shows I don't get driven by the desire for power. Rahul criticises AAP.' Rahul's response: Unfairness makes my blood boil. Suddenly I find that now seem to be over critical of the AAP. it is difficult work. the thirst for power. Having seen what you have seen in recent days and the chaos that followed in Delhi. I think we have fundamental strengths in the Congress party and it is something that we have been working on for 3-4 years now and the real power of the Congress party is the depth of the organization and you can't makes changes by destroying things. Part 7: Q: Mr. the quest for power is not there in me. Q: But in a recent interview Mr. News . Rahul says 'real issue is doing the stuff in the party machine.in/story/full-text-of-rahul-gandhis-interview-narendra-modi-1984-riots/1/340191.
MP. News . Had the AAP not been there the BJP would have done better and that experiment could be extended? A: I think you underestimate the power of the Congress party. what we have to do is 3 things. Himachal and when we won Karnataka . that's my position. A: We thought we would assist them. Q: If the AAP goes against Sheila Dikshit in the CWG scam. to keep Mr. I am the VP of the party of course I will take responsibility for it.. we have to give them space.India Today
Q: They got less seats than the BJP.. my first question is that you have faced a lot of criticism. Q: I am not implying. when we won Uttarakhand. they pull out all the recent state elections UP. East & West. Delhi.. Gandhi? A: I would say when we win an election. Q: Mr. Q: You will win the election? A: Yeah. Two is we have to look at manufacturing. when we lose an election I am
http://indiatoday. I am not involved. Q: What is your view on Arvind Kejriwal? A: He is a leader of an opposition party like many others. Gandhi I now want to understand a little bit on your personal side. Q: Are you using the AAP to split the Anti Congress vote bank. how we can take the energy of the Indian people and build a manufacturing superhouse. One is we have to transform ourselves.2/16/2014
Full text of Rahul Gandhi's interview : Elections. if there is an issue of corruption the law should take its own course. That is what I think the real issues are. The Congress party is an extremely powerful system and all the Congress party needs to do is bring in younger fresher faces in the election which is what we are going to do and we are going to win the election. I will win the election Q: You are confident about that? A: Reasonably confident Q: And if you don't win do you take full responsibility for it ? A: If we don't win. what we have to do as the Congress party and again in front of us is an election.intoday. will you continue to support them? A: I have already said that regardless of who the person is. there is a theory that the Congress is propping up the AAP and keeping them on an extended leash so that they somehow divide antiCongress vote bank. Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.html 19/28
. we have already set up the corridors North. we have bring in youngsters. Modi out of power A: You are implying that we have brought the AAP. I don't think the Congress party could even do that if they wanted to.. because our party felt we should give them a chance to prove themselves and one can see what they are doing and one can see exactly how much they have proved themselves..in/story/full-text-of-rahul-gandhis-interview-narendra-modi-1984-riots/1/340191. what would you say to them Mr. how do you handle criticism? People say he has his heart in the right place but is he a vote catcher. They are questioning your vote winning ability. South. they say he has not despite playing an active role achieved considerable electoral success.
A PM's son is the Congress VP that is dynasty. you can be accused of touting your family background for your own political career and the second is you would be re-entrenching yourself in the role of being a dynast at a time when being a dynast is not seen to be a good thing? Do you agree? A: I don't actually keep invoking my family name.2/16/2014
Full text of Rahul Gandhi's interview : Elections. Q: Only 15? A: Absolutely. it happens in the Congress party. if I was to suddenly
http://indiatoday. to your father and your grandmother repeatedly. so the choice in front of me is pretty simple I can either turn around and say okay I will just walk away from this thing and leave it alone or I can say I can try and improve something. I didn't sign up and say that I like to be born in this family it happened. Dynasty or children of politicians becoming powerful happens in the BJP. News . It is going to take time. That is the work I spent a whole bunch of my time doing that is the revolutionary work I have done in the IYC and the NSUI that is the work we are doing when we talk of an open manifesto. that is where I think we should head. A: The reason children of politicians keep getting repositioned is because the system is closed. what the Congress party needs to do is change the way the its organisation is structured and look at changing the way politics in this country is structured. I think the Congress party's strength comes when we open up when we bring in new people.html 20/28
. Gandhi some would say you should be careful of doing that because when you invoke your family and its achievement from the Congress. has been to democratise. I have seen you refer.intoday. There are people out there who are saying that we want change at the top. Q: Mr. Now Mr. Q: It is happening because dynasties are allowed to proliferate. you want change at the bottom. I have mentioned my family name once or twice and then people report that. Questions about whether we have supported AAP or not supported AAP.in/story/full-text-of-rahul-gandhis-interview-narendra-modi-1984-riots/1/340191. Change is not happening at the top. it happens in the DMK. But once again I think what the Congress Party need to do is tap its potential. Pretty much every single thing I have done in my political career has been to bring in youngsters . I am absolutely against the concept of Dynasty. The real issue is that I didn't choose to be born in this family. you have to open the system. That is the work that I do.India Today
the cause of it. But you are not going to wish away Dynasty in a closed system. has been to open up. It is ridiculous that we would construct the AAP. That is the work we are doing when we talk of 15 parliamentary seats being chosen. Q: Then how are you different? A: You have to go into why it is happening. you are not going to open the system without having processes. Q: You supported them. that is historically been the case and that is what I want to do. You are not going to change that without opening the system. with respect. because one needs to set up the systems. frankly it is a ridiculous notion. the system is not going to open by waving a wand and saying Abracadabra let us open the system. it is because a Scindia's son is a minister a Deora's son is a minister a Pilot's son is a minister. anybody who knows me knows that and understands that. you gave them a lease of life so that they divide the Anti Congress vote A: That ascribes huge power to the Congress party. it is going to take effort and it is going to take structure. it happens in the SP. it happens everywhere. Gandhi why do you keep invoking your family name.
you haven't asked me 1 question about how we are going to build this country. this is not a Rahul Gandhi speech this is a Rahul Gandhi interview. The other view is that you are a fragile person. you can't get an Phil without a thesis. If I am lying on these affidavits let him take the legal process and solve it .Phil from Cambridge.2/16/2014
Full text of Rahul Gandhi's interview : Elections. you haven't asked me one question on what we are going to do for youngsters.
http://indiatoday.intoday. Subramanian Swamy has raised questions on your degrees. how we are going to take this country forward. A: He's been attacking my family for 40 years. I can show you my degree Q: Would you like to show him your degree? A: He has probably seen my degree. Gandhi I see that you have this knack of trying to throw the question back at me. if I wanted to know that I would hear a Rahul Gandhi speech. I did my M. test the idea. so he dropped out. Why should I challenge him? Q: Does it affect you Mr.. Gandhi I am going to ask the questions.html 21/28
. Gandhi when you are attacked at a personal level and how do you choose not to respond? How do you bury your head in the sand and say this is not happening? It's happening to you. The step we have taken with those 15 primaries. You are talking about India. Gandhi. You are being criticized. but that is probably the biggest political step taken in this country. once you enter Harvard said to him we don't think you belong here. donors quota. News .in/story/full-text-of-rahul-gandhis-interview-narendra-modi-1984-riots/1/340191. A: But you spent some time at Cambridge? Q: I was a visiting fellow at Cambridge for a while. we get that much of a little piece in the newspaper. He has questioned both your degrees. My question is how do you handle this. What I need to do is I need to set up an idea. A: So where were you at Cambridge? Q: At Sydney Sussex college. I can only tell you Mr. I spent a year there. run the idea. Q: You challenge him. A: Why should I challenge him? Q: He's attacked you personally. someone gave 11 million dollars to Harvard medical school. one doesn't ask them. he says yes he went to Harvard when Rajiv Gandhi was PM.. you haven't asked me one question on how we are going to empower our people. Mr. It is a huge-huge step and I think those are the types of questions one needs to ask. what more do you want me to do. A: Were you in Cambridge? Q: I was at Oxford . Q: That wrong Mr. if it makes sense.Phil there. Q: I want your response to Subramanian Swamy. if it works then move it to the rest of the party. I have given a sworn affidavit saying I that I have got these degrees. one asks questions that don't actually reach to the heart of the issue. Cambridge has no record of his thesis. he says why does he claim he has an M. you get affected by criticism.India Today
launch into 543 seats directly elected by our people the system would explode. you are not interested in that. we have had a 1 hour conversation here. I want you today. how do you deal with this? A: You want me to show you my degree. A: So I was at Trinity in Cambridge.
And I'm proud of them. I just am not. attack me all you want. you don't like discussing it. and I can give you example after example which is on my mind. I'm not asking questions over here (pointing at the ceiling). A: If I don't have a thick skin right now. News . I'm going to take the youngsters of this country and line them up. how much have you been affected by defeats and when we see. Q: You say you're a very serious politician. Really bringing them into the system. I told you that I'm here because I want to help use the energy of this country. I'm glad you're taking them. almost in a protective manner that Priyanka is holding you and you are walking away. I've seen. That picture. I'm somebody who's here. This fellow over here is thinking deeply and is thinking long term.
http://indiatoday. it's my responsibility to ask you specific questions. I've told you. It's frankly difficult work. To do that. is changing the way we do politics here. who's seen what the system does to people. Gandhi. That's the point. I'm not somebody who's here to get power. I'm going to keep doing it. It's not going to stop me. It's not interesting to me. Questioning the system. And frankly. Getting away from the superficialities. Politicians need to have a thick skin. It doesn't matter.P election loss. Rahul Gandhi. The crux of it is how we make policies. And I'm not asking superficial questions. Mr. two thousand people in the party who are working on this stuff. The point is. The crux of it is how we choose candidates. let's do something about this system. And you know what. And everybody understands that this fellow here is not just a superficial chap who talks. But I'm not going to fight the superficial battle.intoday. And third is using the energy of the youth of this country.2/16/2014
Full text of Rahul Gandhi's interview : Elections. for example the visuals of Priyanka holding you after the U. Q: You don't have a thick skin. Beat me to death. Things like bringing youngsters into politics. people who are attacked in this system. Gandhi. This stuff is done through concentrated thinking and long term work. they're not letting go. That's the crux of it. Don't forget that. I'm a very serious journalist. One. I want to project the ideas of this country. changing the system. I'm asking questions over there (pointing to the ground).in/story/full-text-of-rahul-gandhis-interview-narendra-modi-1984-riots/1/340191.html 22/28
. My next question to you. the people who are actually attacked. defeat just makes you stronger. I think there are basically 3 things one needs to do. Second is empowering the women of this country. things like Lokpal. They're not letting go. Bringing in the type of jobs that they need.India Today
A: I respond by understanding why I'm being attacked. doesn't go to the core and I'm a serious politician. his first interview in 10 years. You like discussing stuff that really. They're the ones who are going deep into the system and understanding that this is the crux of it. the superficial questions. You tell me what's happening in your mind out there. The thing is. If we're thinking about that and thinking that's what we want to do. Keep throwing stones at us. I'm being attacked because I'm doing things that are dangerous to the system. I'm being attacked because I'm asking questions that are dangerous to the system. I'm going to fight a battle. things like how we choose our candidates. or make money or something. Really pushing them forward. it'll get thick. getting away from the small issues and moving deeper into the issues right. are the ones fighting the system. I assure you Mr. because you've had quite a few off late? How have you dealt with it? A: It all depends on what you're trying to do. This stuff is not done in 5 minutes. I understand that. it's painful work. I want to make this country powerful. by defeat. Therefore when I interview Rahul Gandhi. Things like RTI. And I'm going to then take the system on. Do you feel overwhelmed by loss. And I'm going to ask the questions that are relevant. You understand that? They're not the people who sit and ask. Mr. That's why I'm attacked. This stuff is frankly not done in this type of discussions. They're the ones who're actually saying. and I have only two left. I have thousand people in the Congress party. I'm going to fight a deep battle. And the crux of it.
Again. we win some elections. and I tell this to my sister. Q: No. I don't find you strange. It's a soul thing. and maybe the seventh time I want to repeat it to you. 'you criticised them and you praised them'. Q: Isn't bringing in people when you disregard the legal process and sit on a protest outside Rail Bhavan and then you also force your decision and your
http://indiatoday. But for me. are you a politician? Had you not been a Gandhi. a strong desire to reduce the pain that people feel. That's the heart of my politics. when you said power is poison and spoke about how your mother Sonia Gandhi came and she cried. Why are you here? I asked you that question. Maybe that's what you're saying and frankly in a lot of ways. if I saw unfairness. In your case as well. I don't like it. If I put that together with some of what you've said.intoday. Gandhi.2/16/2014
Full text of Rahul Gandhi's interview : Elections. Heart of heart. You've been thrust into this situation. would you be in politics? Some say this is a circumstance thrust on you Mr. And we stop asking the superficial questions.. To reduce the pain that people feel as a result of the system that is predatory. I don't like unfairness. the last question is this. You said about the Aam Aadmi Party and you said. It's not my phrase. The power is poison remark. For me power is an instrument that can be used for certain things. I don't get driven by the desire for power. The real thing is that it's a heart thing. why am I sitting here? I'm sitting here because I feel with all my heart that we need to change the system here and not enough people are actually asking that question. the quest for power. regardless of what I do. I am an anomaly in the environment that I'm in. What are those deeper questions? The deeper question is. would you be in politics? A: Maybe you find me strange because.in/story/full-text-of-rahul-gandhis-interview-narendra-modi-1984-riots/1/340191.India Today
it makes you want to do more. A: You sort of implied that. regardless of what I do. it might reinforce the image of a reluctant prince. We're not actually taking the voice of the people into the political system. I thought that was an interesting concept. As a result of the system that need not be there. but maybe I look like an anomaly in the environment that I'm in. it's not interesting to own it. Gandhi. would you have been in politics at all? A: If you look at my spirit. Maybe its because of my family circumstances and what happened to my family. Q: Mr. I'm just not driven by it. the thirst for power is not there is me. Gandhi. I'm sure you've heard this phrase used against you or to describe you a number of times. why is power so concentrated in this country? Why is it that the Chief Minister of a state has the access to any decision in the entire state? Why is it that candidates are chosen in closed rooms? Why is it that people do not have access to the candidates' decision? Why is it that our policies are made behind closed doors by 5 or 6 people? Why is it that the perspective of one minister is completely different from the one who is following him? What that's telling me is that we're not exactly taking the voice of the people into policy. Had you not been a Gandhi. is a desire.html 23/28
. That was interesting to me. You're trying to justify to yourself that you need to do it. if we lose it's the end of the world.. my last question to you in the course of this interaction is this. Power per se. As a result of system that can change if we just start to ask the deeper question. to capture it or to hold it. I tell it to my mother and my mother tells it to me. It just makes my blood boil. I don't go into an election thinking. if I'd been born in India. We've done that kind of stuff in the Youth Congress. I would stand up Against it. News . Q: If you were not a Gandhi. We lose some elections. I liked what I saw as far as the representation. What is there in me. bringing in people. Your father was forced into politics by circumstances. And in whatever I did. Therefore Mr.
Rahul Gandhi. that's not the debate. That I didn't see much of.2/16/2014
Full text of Rahul Gandhi's interview : Elections. News . Will you have a debate with Narendra Modi if he agrees to a debate on any of these issues? My question is direct. were you angry with Sushil Kumar Shinde giving a face-saver to Arvind Kejriwal? It was reported. Q: How is it superficial? A: It's completely superficial. How we're going to move forward on the corruption paradigm. Are you ready for it? Then I can go and ask Mr. Sushil Kumar Shinde for giving them a way out during the recent Dharna? Do you fell they should've been offered a face-saver? A: You're going back. And frankly.. And you know. to specifics. A: I'm debating these issues by building structures in the Congress party that's going to transform it. We develop processes.intoday. Q: Yes. There's nothing in the debate about funding of political parties. We've just said that 15 constituencies in this country in the Congress party are going to be chosen by primaries. If Narendra Modi says I'm willing to debate these issues. These are the things that actually make an impact. But the real core issues in this election are. But the real issue is doing this stuff. it's a fact and it happened.. 1)Are we going to head towards a democracy. Q: You're you're avoiding a debate. you brought it back. There's nothing in the debate about how policies must be made. A: No it's not.
http://indiatoday. The only people who are doing that. As far as I'm concerned. But what's different between us & them is that we have structure.in/story/full-text-of-rahul-gandhis-interview-narendra-modi-1984-riots/1/340191. Q: Why shouldn't there be a debate between the key political party candidates on all sides? Let them talk. Shinde should've apologised. You avoided my question on the Aam Aadmi Party and I'm glad you've come to it. A: It's not specifics. whether he should've done this or done that is. if you listen to the debate that's going on. Tell me Mr.html 24/28
. towards deepening our democracy and towards opening up the system or are we going to head towards concentration of power? 2) Are we going to head towards empowerment of women? Are we going to be a half strong nation? Be a half proud nation? Or are we going to actually empower women? Those are the questions. the debate is taking place. Let them have a conversation A: You're more than welcome. we can stick for it. I liked that. There's nothing in the debate about how we're going to move forward on the RTI paradigm. You have to start that debate. Q: I'm ready to start the debate. about the elections. Narendra Modi if he's ready for it A: You start the debate. These are the fundamental things. Whether Mr. No one said a word about it. The real issue is doing this stuff in the party machine. Q: This is the most relevant question. There's nothing in the debate about how we're going to choose political candidates. Q: Were you upset with Mr. is us. The accusation is that you're still doing deals with the Aam Aadmi Party? A: What I liked about what I saw in the Aam Aadmi Party was people coming into their system. I didn't mean to go back to it. It's frankly superficialities.India Today
minister is always right.
For example. If you had spoken out earlier. They do not need scams. Gandhi. My final question. as youngsters and as serious politicians. A: You're more than welcome to ask these questions. please go to their states and ask them if they have RTI Commissioners. can no longer be hidden. We did that. if I was to do that.html 25/28
. A: But the discussion hasn't gone there. but we need another port. East-West corridor. Why are we not having a discussion on those topics? Q: I asked you that question during the course of the interview. the RTI right. Q: But Mr. And what used to be hidden. I'm getting an opportunity to ask you specific questions. You didn't ask me once about what we're going to do for the women for this country. one has to ask the fundamental questions. The fundamental question this election is. It hasn't impressed too many people. Modi A: The debate is taking place right now Q: The debate has to take place between individuals. are we going to open up the system? Are we going to close the system? What is going to be the role of women going forward? How are we going to get jobs for youngsters in this country? You asked me a whole bunch of questions. But let's also move the debate to a place where we're actually reaching towards fundamentals. Will you be open to a debate between key candidates or representatives of the major parties? Will you participate in such a debate if there were to be one? A: There is a national debate taking place right now. it's mentioned everywhere. Did UPA Govt let you down? Because Mr. The issue here is very simple. The bottom line is large number of corruption issues that were hidden. There's global energy saying we want to move manufacturing to India. What it has done. every single person who comes to me from abroad. I feel my questions are specific and you need to answer the specific questions as specifically as possible. we need an alternative to Chinese manufacture'. with respect disagree. You get my point? A: Actually. I would listen to a Rahul Gandhi speech as I said. Rahul Gandhi. Rahul Gandhi has become vitiated with corruption. That's the bottom line. Rahul Gandhi. that nobody would have found out about. They do not need ministers who behave like Govts exist on their rent. The climate Mr. I. We're very happy with what the Chinese give us. when foreign investors want to invest in India. What should be the role of women in this country? How can we enhance their role? How do we bring jobs to millions of people. America and tell me 'Listen. France. Now please go to our Opposition states. If you had spoken out on these issues earlier. we've built the North-South. You didn't ask me once on how we're going to get jobs for youngsters in this country. came out because of the RTI. The Congress party. And therefore. We built 3 times the roads the NDA built. You called my specific questions superficial. The national debate taking
http://indiatoday. And I'm going to tell you what I think. the UPA Govt have built the corridors. has basically changed the game in India. Japan. the answer to that is and I really want you to address this. Mr. perhaps today we would not be in a situation where India is not the preferred investment destination. The issue is do you want an open system? Do you want a system where these things are out in the open? Or do you want a closed system where these things are hidden? Q: I think we should have a debate Mr. So all I'm saying is. News . This is an interview. and lets bring this interview to a finality. they want a clean investing environment. They do not need the A Rajas and the Aircel Maxis scams.2/16/2014
Full text of Rahul Gandhi's interview : Elections. They don't want crony capitalism.intoday.in/story/full-text-of-rahul-gandhis-interview-narendra-modi-1984-riots/1/340191. Germany.India Today
Q: Of course. is that it has basically opened up the structures.
Q: You know what Modi says to that. we gave the country the fastest economic growth its ever had. My response is that. It's been a pleasure talking to you. We fundamentally believe and the Congress Party has always believed that this country has to be ruled by its people. There is the Congress Party that believes in openness. What would you say to that. when you look at when this country has done well. we are growing at the rate at which we are growing because of the Congress party. News . That's what the election is all about. He said that in U. says Arvind Kejriwal 20-year-old married woman raped for three days in Delhi while accused beat h… Vidya Balan. We are talking about AADHAR which is going to give money directly to the people. And there is our Opposition that believes in concentrated power. thank you very much. it has done well when we have involved people. he says you gave them 60 years. We're going to win. To just brush aside the idea that Congress party has been in power for 60 years. go to AajTak. we did more for opening up the system than any Govt before us. Historically. I want you to respond to that.2/16/2014
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. ताज़ातर न ख़बर और वी डयो क लए आजतक. Rahul Gandhi. My response is that we have completely changed the paradigm with our rights based development model.in. He says give me 60 months. A: My response to that is that in the last 10 years. Farhan Akhtar's mid-air romance!
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Posted by: Balbir Singh Sooch January 28. 2014 One time well known writer Tendulkar reacted by saying that "If I had a pistol. without mentioning the AAM AADMI PARTY (AAP). he (Mr. News .intoday.akamaihd.. Rahul Gandhi) was trying to steal unsuccessfully the political agenda of the AAM AADMI PARTY (AAP) i.. ..oh.net/hphotos-akash3/t1/1782115_600875713317402_1445549221_n..net/hphotos-akash3/t1/1782115_600875713317402_1445549221_n. intolerable pain! It was all I could do from
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Posted by: Kanika Suleria January 29. 2014 My head! My head! Pain..but was trying to steal unsuccessfully the political agenda of the AAM AADMI PARTY (AAP): Rahul Gandhi's first interview: Full text: Mr. based on the changed politics based on or connected with AAM AADMI (Indian common Men including the common women within India and outside) and exposure of the traditional politics in action in India! But Mr..akamaihd..unbearable. 2014 https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.. I would shoot [Gujarat Chief Minister] Narendra Modi" (for encouraging the carnage by Hindus against Muslims)...2/16/2014
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Posted by: Shreya January 28. in fact...in/story/full-text-of-rahul-gandhis-interview-narendra-modi-1984-riots/1/340191.sorry did he answer anything. Rahul Gandhi for doing so in the manner by avoiding him to put him the political agenda of the AAM AADMI PARTY (AAP). and.. 2014 Mr.India Today
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Posted by: sameer January 28. Rahul Gandhi was not at all specific to answer in his this interview. 2014 my brain is not working normally after reading rahul gandhis answers. Arnab Goswami successfully and deliberately was protecting Mr... 2014 https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.. Rahul Gandhi was not at all specific to answer in his this interview.... I don't remember any writer or anyone reacted similar to Rahul G for his act.
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http://indiatoday.He don't have moral right to ask GJ riots. He has fear on 1984 Sikhs Riot and don't want to hold govt post.intoday. but none of their "Ancestors' have ever aspired to be at the top in ruling India. India's sovereignty is surrundered to Srilanka for this criminal acts.and cunning. At any time it may burst to shame India. 2014 Arnab failed to nail Rahul Gandhi in prime time interview. 2014 Congress led UPA govt.. we must seek a "Leader" who has struggled hard to become a "Leader" from "Grass-root Level". It is clear. This reminds me of a short story..2/16/2014
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Load More.single handedly! My eyes are bleeding and my heart cries out for Arnab who had to listen to your moronic blitherings in person. round the clock. Tamilnadu's 80% people think.He was very much upset ..He prayed to God that he could not die seeing his kingdom being ruled by the people.. 2014 From this interview. Priyanka and Ragul Gandhi totally guided Srilankan RajaPakse to genocide millions of innocent Tamils to take revenge of his father assassination. but would be knows as 'People's Representative' ! He will live in a luxurious and spacious bungalow spread over in several acres of land with 'Servants' and 'Security Guards' ..India Today
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Posted by: Chandan Kumar January 28. and so was killed Bhagat Singh.you have single handedly brought down the average IQ of the entire nation. Rahul Sir. 2014 THIS IS HOW WE ACTUALLY MANUFACTURE A "LEADER" ! When one is not a 'BornLeader' we make him "Leader" through "Media" and of course with he help of "Family Support" ! If we want INDIA to progress in REALITY and in TOTALITY. has decided to bring down the standard IQ level of normal person to 70 with immediate effect. Who is HONEST actually loves "INDIA" and "INDIANS". which you didn't enjoy even being the King during you life-time ! The King smiled and died ! Reply
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Posted by: D.For which India spent thousands of crores. when his kingdom was to be declared as an "Independent Democratic State" . Khudiram Bose and all such "Great Patriots" in the struggle for Independence of India. The criminal acts can not be covered for long time.Anandaraj January 28. and who does not want to be a "Professional" & "Self-Employed" as a "Political Leader" for a "Career" to be enjoyed ! GandhiJi was killed. News . Hope he will rope Narendra Modi soon for interview and will place same hard questions before him which he placed to Rahul Gandhi. Elam Tamil Genocide is international issue. A King was at the point of death. Priyanka and Ragul gandhi do not open their mouth. God assured him -"Do not worry ! Your son will rule the state..