Manama: Highlighting what has threatened India under the Narendra Modi government, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the two threats facing the country today are inability to create jobs and the rise in the forces of hatred and division.
"Tragically the conversation in our country today is not about jobs, healthcare or education. The only thing India talks about is what you are allowed to eat, who are allowed to protest and what we can say or rather what we cannot say", Rahul Gandhi, on first visit abroad as Congress President, said while addressing the Indian diaspora in Bahrain.
"India today is free, but once again it is under threat. There are two clear threats facing our country today. The first is our government's inability to provide jobs for our people. Our main competitor China produces 50,000 jobs every 24 hours. India currently produces 400 jobs in the same amount of time."
"We need to bring our conversation back from violence and hatred to one of progress, jobs and love between our people. And we cannot do that at home without our largest skill base on the planet - all you people in this room", he said.
"I cannot even imagine an India, where all our people do not feel part of India", he said.
Applauding the importance of Non Resident Indians (NRIs), Rahul said, "I am here to tell you what you mean to our country, that you’re important, to tell you there is a serious problem at home, to tell you that you’re part of the solution and that I am here to build a bridge between wherever you are in the world and home."
"It is impossible to build a global vision for India in the 21st century without our brothers and sisters who live abroad", he added.
"We have to present a new Congress Party to you, a new vision to you. You'll see leaders you believe you can trust, that you believe can lead", he further said.
Earlier on Monday Rahul Gandhi met Crown Prince of Bahrain Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa and other prominent members of the royal family.
"Had a good meeting with Crown Prince of Bahrain, H.R.H. Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. We discussed a variety of issues of interest to India and Bahrain", Rahul Gandhi tweeted after meeting Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince of Bahrain.
While in Bahrain on Monday, Rahul Gandhi also met Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Foreign Minister of Kingdom of Bahrain and a prominent member of the royal family.
Rahul Gandhi is accompanied by Shashi Tharoor, Sam Pitrida, Milind Deora and some other Congress leaders.
Rahul Gandhi, who is visting Bahrain as state guest, is also expected to meet King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
Congress said Gandhi's visit is part of his interactions with Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs). Gulf countries have the biggest Indian diaspora of more than 35 lakh.
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi was welcomed by a large number of supporters when he landed at the Bahrain Airport
In a message posted on Twitter before he left for Bahrain, Rahul Gandhi had said, "NRIs are the true representatives of our soft power and the brand ambassadors of our nation across the globe. Looking forward to meeting and addressing fellow countrymen in Bahrain tomorrow."