Startups and intolerance can’t go together: Rahul Gandhi

The Congress Vice President lashed out at BJP and RSS and accused them of having a 'rigid' vision for India.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: January 16, 2016 1:19 pm
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addressing a public meeting during his Sadbhabana Yatra in Barpeta district on Saturday. (PTI Photo) Rahul Gandhi addressed students of NMIMS in Mumbai on Saturday. (PTI Photo)

As the Centre’s ambitious start-up mission got underway, Rahul Gandhi on Saturday trained his guns on the Narendra Modi government, saying there is a contradiction in pushing for start-ups and being “intolerant”.

The Congress Vice President also said that the RSS has a very “rigid vision” for India and that start ups require free movement of ideas.

“The ruling dispensation, particularly the RSS, has a clear idea on what the world should look like. They have a vision for India which in my opinion is a very rigid vision. This country requires flexibility, openness and movement of ideas,” Gandhi said, during an interaction with management students in suburban Vile Parle here.

“There’s a huge contradiction in saying I want start ups but I will be intolerant,” the Congress leader said.

“You will fail on the economy and start up front if you are intolerant,” he said.

“Start ups require free movement of ideas. If I say you are a woman and your place is in the kitchen, I am curbing
your freedom,” he said. He also charged that the BJP categorises people.

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“The BJP has categories: There’s a Hindu for them, a Muslim for them, a woman for them. I don’t categorise. That’s the difference between us and them,” he said. Rahul asked students not to put labels on people, things and industries.

“Saying this is a Hindu, this is a Muslim, this is a woman…hides values,” he said, adding, “When Steve Jobs was asked what was the most important class you took, he said: Japanese calligraphy”.

Asked how could India help provide conducive atmosphere for start ups, Gandhi said, “Start ups require a whole set of eco systems that allows entrepreneurs to grow including infrastructure and regulation. The biggest problem is red tape.”

“Today, if you are a Rs 10000 crore company, you can’t easily get finance. If you are a big business, you can get around regulations and put pressure on politicians,” he said.

To a query on India’s development compared to that of China, Gandhi said, “It’s pretty clear that China today is more powerful and economically stronger.”

“China’s power is centralised. China grabs you and you can see the power it has. India is decentralised. It grabs you and you don’t see India’s power,” he said.

“India’s power has never been military. It has come from the strength of ideas,” the Congress leader said. “China has paid a huge price for what they have achieved. Millions of people paid for that with their lives. In India we didn’t kill millions of people,” he said.

To a query on why Indian institutions figure in the list of top 200 global varsities, Gandhi said, “Our education institutions are no less than US education institutes.”

Rahul apologised to students for the “sometimes high handed way” the security personnel at the event dealt with them.

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First Published on: January 16, 2016 1:12 pm
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    Sirius
    Jan 16, 2016 at 9:23 am
    Mr. hi is contradicting himself with the examples he provides. He quotes China as an achiever in development , but China seems to have achieved this with greater intolerance (e.g. suppression of minorites in Xinjiang, Tibet, land acquisition, potion displacement for development, labour laws, exit policy ) than India. Then how come China became a startup champion before us ? When he says that “Our education insutions are no less than US education insutes.” , it reflects that he has not completed higher education .Now, if such a person becomes a PM of India ...
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      Ahmed
      Jan 17, 2016 at 2:20 pm
      RAGA also made a goof up by saying "Steve jobs is from Microsoft" I wished indian express mentioned it too !!
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        Vikrant
        Jan 16, 2016 at 9:22 am
        Go and say this in Malda, kashmir and kerala
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          Chand
          Jan 16, 2016 at 10:53 am
          Rahul always seems to be on a negative frame of mind. He should have the patience to wait and watch and see how new economic initiatives by the government shapes up rather than play it down. Perhaps, Rahul should get better advisers and speech writers as it's absurd to mix up a political issue with an economic initiative.
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            AD
            Jan 16, 2016 at 10:41 am
            Are you looking at PM who will disappear for 57 days and again go for year vacation for 8 days.
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              Bijan Mohanty
              Jan 16, 2016 at 8:30 am
              The problem with present ruling dispensation is that its speaking language during meetings, seminars, international gatherings and Maan Ki Baat programs is in sharp contrast to its ground level actions and implementations. Tolerance should be reflected in action , not merely in speeches.
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                Mayank
                Jan 25, 2016 at 8:21 am
                Rahul hi has lost his mind comparing start up india campaign to intolerance debate. It is regressive politics from Congress party.
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                  Veereshwar Bhaskar
                  Jan 16, 2016 at 1:57 pm
                  The word "Intolrance"has become a word added to Vote Bank politics. May GOD save our nation.
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                    Vijay
                    Jan 17, 2016 at 11:24 am
                    Congress has left with nothing but connecting everything with intolerance. People are watching how congress blocked even important legislations in rajya sabha. Politicians from congress seems to have no respect for taxpayers money being wasted in their personal enmity which they fight in the parliament which is run on taxpayers money.
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                      Tait
                      Jan 16, 2016 at 8:41 am
                      Mr. Jhootley should first wash the stains of DDCA corruption on his fabric, like he suggested for corruption by the previous govt. or Stop Those Communal fringe elements which also form one of the core elements even from within the council of ministers to those maligning the post of Governor.
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                        Hindu
                        Jan 16, 2016 at 9:22 am
                        YES !!! I agree with Pappu....Congress does not categorise Indians....FOR SONIA FAMILY AND HER BH DW AAAS every Indian is a either a Congressman or Christian or a Muslim. For Pappu and his waitress mom Hindus DO NOT EXIST AT ALL. BTW Pappu is an EXPERT IN CAREGORISING SMALL TRAINGULAR PIECE OF FLESH...Thai, Indonesian, Myanmari, Spanish, Portugese, French, Chinese/He can identify without looking at the woman's face. KKKKKCUF FFO OUY DRATSAB !!!
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                          Vinay Apte
                          Jan 16, 2016 at 4:24 pm
                          A public hai sab janti hai !
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                            kamath Ramesh
                            Jan 17, 2016 at 11:33 am
                            Rahul speech is contradiction in itself. He criticized RSS and BJP saying it is rigid and do not accept contrary view. He himself is showing rigidness by not accepting the RSS view. He must know that except few congress members nobody else is willing to buy the intolerance issue now. All have realized it was only for Bihar election and now nobody is coming for award wapsi. Niether Rahul nor other hate Modi brigade is willing to speak on Malda and Purnia where hindus were attacked. majority of the stakeholders have applauded the startup initiative except Rahul, where he finds faults in every thing done. If Rahul wants free movement of ideas why he sacked the editor of the congress darpan who wrote ill about Sonia and Nehru. BJP never made category it is congress which said minority have first right on national resources, arrested minority people must be handled soft. Congress segregated the country on community. While China was getting stronger India was reeling under corruption in congress rule. he is novice to say China is not a military strong. Then Rahul must answer why Nehru lost to China.
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                              manna
                              Jan 16, 2016 at 12:20 pm
                              This scamgressi looterra and herald scamster raul baba who is now making loudest of noises for intolerance conviniently forgot how scores of hindus were burnt alive by goggoi men in bodoland and similarly when 12 aklahs were burnt alive by gahhlots men in mive riots by gahhlots men in gopalgad,rajjasthan in broad day light!
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                                vivek
                                Jan 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm
                                Congress party used to provide a sum of five lakh rupees to muslim girls in da name of minority dat money ws our money dat ws collected in da name of taxes If you wanted to do charity y din u give a similar scheme to hindus answer is u see dem as muslims n us as hindus Nt a much difference between u n rss da only difference is u support muslims n dey support hindus
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                                  s s nair
                                  Jan 16, 2016 at 12:24 pm
                                  India is heading for a great crisis because Narendra Modi does not know how he can get votes from people who have been badly cheated. Modi has now taken people for granted and dancing to the tune of Nawaz Sharif. Once upon a time he was shouting against stan but now he and his lackeys are close friends of stan. Now Modi and his supporters are digging their own graves. Few more days the BJP will be completely wiped from India.Modi is acting as if he is a Prime Minister of bjp not of India. Shame that within a year of getting power he failed in every front. The foreigners are laughing at him.
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                                    N Mahesh
                                    Jan 16, 2016 at 10:10 am
                                    He himself is a start-up and he will be a start-up for ever.
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                                      N Mahesh
                                      Jan 16, 2016 at 10:12 am
                                      When talking about Pappu talk about Pappu only. Do not get derailed.
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                                        Vinod Vinayak
                                        Jan 17, 2016 at 7:01 am
                                        he has not even completed his higher secondary
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                                          Vinod Vinayak
                                          Jan 17, 2016 at 7:03 am
                                          like malda.
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                                            Vinod Vinayak
                                            Jan 17, 2016 at 6:58 am
                                            which poison were u on when these gems puked out
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