Should aspire for a country where freedom cannot be for the few: Rahul Gandhi

Gandhi said Indians are honour-bound to aspire to a country where nobody lives in fear and "where ideas flow freely and are not crushed violently by the forces of hate and mediocrity. We must insist and fight for this truth, at all times."

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:August 15, 2016 12:09 pm
independence day, 70th independence day, rahul gandhi, rahul, gandhi, congress rahul gandhi, rahul gandhi independence day, congress independence day, 15th august, freedom, india news Rahul hoisted the national flag at the Congress party headquarters for the first time since he took over as the Congress Vice President three years ago. File Image. 

Against the backdrop of recent attacks on Dalits, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said freedom can never be for the few and asked Indians to aspire for a country where ideas are not “crushed violently” by the forces of hate and mediocrity.

“When the forces of darkness threaten this liberty for some of us, as we saw in recent times, we must remember that freedom can never be for the few — it has to be for everyone. Every human being in India has the right to dignity and the freedom to live and express themselves freely,” he said in a message on Independence Day. Gandhi said Indians are honour-bound to aspire to a country where nobody lives in fear and “where ideas flow freely and are not crushed violently by the forces of hate and mediocrity. We must insist and fight for this truth, at all times.”

Rahul hoisted the national flag at the party headquarters for the first time since he took over as the Congress Vice President three years ago. Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who usually hoists the tricolour at the party office, was on Sunday discharged from a private hospital.

Senior party leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, A K Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma were present on the occasion. Rahul said the generation which earned us the hard earned freedom is no longer with us but the Constitution is their precious gift.

“It embodies the values, principles and ideals for which they fought, values they hoped would guide our brave young country. Now it is up to us.” Rahul’s remarks come against the backdrop of attacks on Dalits as also on Muslims by cow vigilantes in the recent past.

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    Inidna
    Aug 15, 2016 at 7:07 am
    Dynasty has to die now.
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    Anantula jaikrishna
    Aug 15, 2016 at 6:59 am
    The biggest enemy of the country is congress party and Nehru family. The damage they did by selfish, corrupt, self promoting, anti Hindu , anti poor, anti Dalit mindset and policies is immense. It will take a sincere, committed, less selfish, with true love for the country like Modi's leadership a minimum of two decades to right the wrongs and give our once great nation a true proud ideny. Rising crime in the back drop of greed, materialism, power mongering needs to be fought with good value based education system. Nation needs second independence from black money, tax evasion, omnipresent corruption, selfish corrupt minded leaders, corrupt system, pseudo seculars, pseudo lovers of Dalits and poor, anti national mindset and forces, frauds like Kanhaiya kumars who are playing dangerous game of dividing student community at the behest of selfish power mongering politicians. Biased media owing allegiance to certain powers are equally guilty of destroying peace and tranquility. Jai Hind.
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    Anonymous
    Aug 15, 2016 at 7:58 am
    All you did was state the problems not only our country are facing but the global community is facing. There is no point in criticizing their inefficiencies. He made valid points about equality. Although I don't think he is fit enough to rule the country, I think that strong compeion will keep the current government at their toes. Doing away with the congress will only harm the country in the long run and be a new "dynasty." And it is really shallow of you to b any form of alternative perspective of ruling a country as anti-hindu and anti-national. The current government has actually allowed the RSS to enforce their extremist ideology on the people. From the cow helpline, to the lynch mobs and moral policing. Corruption exists on both sides. Modi himself is a materialist if you look at his policies. He chose to remain quiet against the poor for the longest time. Only when he felt serious pressure did he give a general statement discouraging acts of violence against the lower cles. He probably only spoke up to increase his vote bank.
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    kumar
    Aug 15, 2016 at 7:07 am
    Peenay Walon Ko Peenay Ka Bahana Chahiyelt;br/gt;Baknay Walon Ko Baknay Ka Bahana Chahiyelt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;He is free to migarate to wherever he wishes to.
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    Raman Govindan
    Aug 15, 2016 at 1:25 pm
    "where freedom cannot be for the few" but the national leadership is limited to a single family for 70 long years!
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