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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Sonia Gandhi, stood always for aam aadmi

Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi is a leader with clear vision. As chairperson of the National Advisory Committee and the UPA chairperson, she played an important role in making the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and the Right to Information Act into law. She also actively involved in framing policies like Mid-day meal scheme for the school children, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, Anti Communalism Bill and Food security Bill. Sonia Gandhi is also keen to get the Women Reservation Bill implemented.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Rahul Gandhi to visit Himachal Pradesh next week

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi will be on a two-day visit to Himachal Pradesh starting from June 27 during which he is scheduled to hold meetings with Congress leaders and workers.
All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Rahul Gandhi will be visiting Himachal Pradesh for two days from June 27 during which he would hold meetings with Congress leaders and workers at Kullu and Shimla.
The visit of Rahul Gandhi ahead of assembly elections is being seen as a step to boost the Congress workers in the state and also to bridge the divide among top leaders. Factionalism within Congress is posing question mark over party’s sincere attempts to reclaim the power in the coming elections.
Rahul Gandhi will reach Kullu on June 27 and hold discussions with Congress workers and then he will visit Shimla on June 28 to participate in another meeting of the party workers.

Sonia Gandhi remembers Mahatma Gandhi

Congress President Sonia Gandhi, while participating in the discussion on the occasion to commemorate the 60th anniversary of India's first Parliamentary session had said that we should remember Gandhi Ji’s vision that the weakest of the society should have the same opportunity as the strongest.
"My notion of democracy", said Gandhiji, the Father of our nation and the leader of our freedom struggle, "is that under it the weakest should have the same opportunity as the strongest," said Sonia Gandhi.
The Congress President argued that it was this revolutionary idea that opened the doors of our legislatures to them and began to transform the Indian society. “It has done so in a peaceful and evolutionary manner, founded on the time-tested principles of secularism and social justice,” asserted Sonia Gandhi.
Sonia Gandhi said that we could say with pride that India’s parliament, elected by the largest electorate in the world and reflecting the aspirations of some 1.2 billion people, has grown into a great representative political institution.
Sonia Gandhi also paid her tributes to the great National leaders who played crucial roles in the freedom movement. “I pay my deepest tribute to the Mahatma. He was no longer living when this House first met, yet he was the guiding light that made it all possible.  Leading a life of spartan simplicity he dedicated himself to the last and the least. He taught us the power of love and compassion” added Sonia Gandhi.

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Rahul Gandhi on Pranab: We learn a lot from him always

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Monday wished Pranab Mukherjee for his Presidential candidature and said he is very happy for the senior leader. "Our ties are very old. We learn from him a lot always," said Rahul Gandhi. "I am very happy that he would be the President of India," said the Congress General Secretary.
The Congress Working Committee (CWC), highest decision making body of the party, on Monday convened a special meeting to bid a formal farewell to Pranab Mukherjee.
After the meeting, Mukherjee told reporters: "Today my long association with the Congress Working Committee since 1978 came to an end. I met the Prime Minister. Tomorrow I will be putting in my paper as finance minister."
The meeting took place at 10 Janpath, the residence of Congress President Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Rahul Gandhi at IIIT Amethi: IT has a role to play to ensure connectivity

Congress General Secretary and MP from Amethi Rahul Gandhi while speaking at the occasion of the convocation ceremony at IIIT Amethi and said that it should be our mission to ensure connectivity among the people of our country.
Rahul Gandhi said “So what is your role as IT practitioners? I asked many of your friends and most of them told that they would like to do jobs. What you do not realize is that while you are doing jobs, you are building the bridge that is going to connect these two Indias. Some of you would be more interested in your jobs and may not be much interested about what is happening in the country. But while you are doing your job, while developing software or any other IT products, while working on computers, without knowing it, you are building that bridge. There may be people who are taking special interest in the national affairs. And they may be doing works in that regard apart from their job. Anyhow, you have already started the process of connecting our nation and I want to thank you for that,” commented Rahul Gandhi.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Rahul Gandhi at IIIT Amethi: Question yourself to gather more knowledge

Congress General Secretary and MP from Amethi Rahul Gandhi spoke at the occasion of the convocation ceremony at IIIT Amethi and said that one should question yourself to gather more knowledge.
“I had mentioned that there was a time I was sitting where you are sitting now. When I was sitting there I thought that I have the answers for all the questions. But later I knew that that is not the fact. I am very passionate about my ideas. Even today I am very passionate. Now I realise that the most important thing one should do is to question one’s ideas. I found it in my life that when I am most certain about something, when I am hundred percent sure that this is the way to do it, very soon I find that I was wrong and there is actually another way to do it and a better way”.

Rahul Gandhi at IIIT Amethi: Knowledge is created by the destruction of knowledge

“Knowledge is created by the destruction of knowledge” said Rahul Gandhi while speaking at a convocation ceremony at IIIT Amethi. “In order to question one self, one has to listen to him first because once you do not listen to others, you cannot question yourself”.
“There were a lot of things in my mind which I thought were correct were destroyed now and I no more believe in those. Those were replaced by new ideas and I am absolutely certain that some of the ideas which I had today may get destroyed tomorrow. And that is a good thing because none of us are god. We do not have eternal knowledge or eternal understanding. Life is moving forward and constantly questioning your ideas and thoughts.” added the Congress leader.

In UP, Congress could stage a comeback under Rahul Gandhi

The Uttar Pradesh assembly elections are over and the new state government completed hundred days in office. Now when we look back and see, irrespective of number of seats Congress bagged, it is proving to be true the party has made a comeback after a long hiatus of over two decades. 
Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has made a principled dent in the decades-old political ambience in the state, which has been governed by regimes with sustenance derived from petty social consideration of castes and communities, and not certainly with an agenda for inclusive growth and development of one and all.  
Political observers assert that electoral outcomes are simple arithmetic in the existing political system; notwithstanding the varying polling percentages and thus sadly, for being largely indifferent to collective sentiments having no space for any bifurcated interests. They also say that a society, deeply divided into sub-categories of caste and community, needs maturity to make fair distinction between good and bad intentions.
 Some in the political corridor, with vested interests, has put Rahul Gandhi under scathing attack on the basis of poll outcomes in UP and even raised ‘hopes’ that the Congress party’s revival attempts would fail. But, independent political observers have a different view on it. Arvind Mohan, professor of economics at Lucknow University, said, “Rahul Gandhi made a serious effort…..To expect Rahul Gandhi to deliver 100 seats in UP is not the right way to look at it. Rahul Gandhi has made a good beginning for Congress……The party must sustain its effort for a while and Rahul Gandhi must make that investment. ….. With Gandhi, the Congress in UP is not in the negative…he is mascot of Congress and there is no point of abandoning him at this juncture…….” (quoted from Gulf News).

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Prez polls: Sonia Gandhi discusses with allies

Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi held discussions with the UPA allies regarding the president candidate. Pranab Mukherjee moved the resolution authorising Sonia to select the candidates at the CWC meet recently.
RLD chief and civil aviation minister Ajit Singh had met the Congress President. Ailing DMK supremo M. Karunanidhi also had deputed his son M.K. Stalin to meet the Congress president and had held talks with Sonia Gandhi. Last month the Congress president had dispatched Defence Minister A. K. Antony to Chennai to take the DMK patriarch on board to endorse the UPA nominee.
Sonia Gandhi also had talked to other allies including Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and NCP boss Sharad Pawar.
With no credible candidate emerging from the Opposition ranks, the UPA nominee is expected to win the race. The AIADMK and the BJD have proposed the name of former Speaker P.A. Sangma, which got the support of BJP too now. But even allies of NDA like JD(U) and Shiv Sena and some constituents of Left also would be supporting the UPA nominee.  

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Rahul Gandhi at IIIT Amethi: Knowledge resides closest to the problem

Congress General Secretary and MP from Amethi Rahul Gandhi spoke at the occasion of the convocation ceremony at IIT Amethi and said that the knowledge resides closest to where the problem is.
“So my humble request to you students is that when you are absolutely sure about something, you please question yourself because you may be probably wrong. The other thing I want to tell you about the nature of knowledge. In India this is the big problem” said Rahul Gandhi.
“I could fortunately travel many places across the country and meet a lot of people. So I see multiple perspectives. I could very early found, before talking to poor persons, farmers, other sections, engineers, doctors, that every one’s point of view is important” added the Congress leader.
“You may be good at IT but if you go to a farmer he can tell you much about farming. Knowledge resides closest to where the problem is. So if you are a farmer, you will be having the better knowledge about the farmers. Same is the case with IT. Generally what could see is that the more you are closer towards the problem, you will have better knowledge about that problem” said Rahul Gandhi.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Rahul Gandhi – a simple leader with innovative mission

Though at present the UPA Government is under a lot of controversies and is under severe attack from all corners for their lack of efficiency in handling the corruption, spiraling price hike or sky-touching inflation, there is a person who has been intelligently highlighting various Government schemes implemented by the Centre for the welfare of the people. He has been silently continuing his mission to bring back Congress to the centre stage in U.P again and also creating ripples in the opposite camp. And that new generation leader is the Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi.
There is no dearth of leaders in our country. But there are feelings among the common public that the present political leaders have been indulging more in blame games for their individual narrow gains.  But the new youth icon of India Rahul Gandhi proves himself as a different leader who works with a clear vision and agenda and a politician who not only preaches but delivers too. He has been silently intervening in the matters related to the interest of the country as well as its people. There may be questions regarding his ideas, maturity or his political experiences, his efforts to connect with the common people and his vision for development should be appreciated as today the leaders are accused of moving away from masses.
There is a saying that a leader is the one who guides others towards a common goal, showing the way by example, and creating an environment in which the society as a whole feel actively involved in the process of development. A leader is not the boss of the team but, instead, the person who is committed to carry out the mission. We see the glimpses of these qualities in this new generation leader. 

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Rahul Gandhi at IIIT Amethi: To gather knowledge, go towards the problem

Congress General Secretary and MP from Amethi Rahul Gandhi spoke at the occasion of the convocation ceremony at IIT Amethi and said that to gather more knowledge one should move more close towards the problem.
Rahul Gandhi said “So the first thing I told you was to question yourself. And the second thing is that to gather knowledge, go towards the problem. That is what I did experience. When I go to a poor person’s house and asks about the things he does, I get the knowledge. So I realize that he knows better than me about his nature of job. So it is very important to respect the person’s views who is much closer to the problem”.
“In order to respect the person’s views who is much closer to the problem, you will have to give equal status to that person. There is a feeling among the politicians in India that they are the most knowledgeable persons. Understanding the knowledge is built on the destruction of the knowledge. In our ancient scripts there is a trinity- creator, preserver and destroyer. There is a reason behind it. You cannot have creation without destruction. You cannot have destruction without creation. And you cannot have either of these two without preservation” added the young Congress MP.
“And that is the same with knowledge. To get the current knowledge you will have to destroy the existing knowledge. To destroy the existing knowledge you will have to question yourself. You will have to learn to question yourself and question the persons around you. The more you do that the more knowledgeable you will become” concluded Rahul Gandhi.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Rahul Gandhi: Education is the most important factor for development

Attacking non-congress governments in UP for neglecting welfare of the dalits and the poor and keeping them on occasional state doles, Congress (I) General Secretary Rahul Gandhi had said  that only congress has been consistently working for empowerment of the poor and backward people so that they can stand up on their own strength. The real development in order to be effective must reach every person in the society down to last poor and not just only the elite, said Rahul Gandhi while campaigning for the recently held assembly elections. In the modern times education is of prime importance for any activity, he added  Congress (I) has brought Right to Education Act which makes available education to every child irrespective of the financial status of his or her parents whether they can afford it or not. This right has been backed up with more than appropriate financial allocations and ancillary programs to complement it, said Rahul Gandhi. In 2011-12, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan allocation stands at Rs. 21,000 crores. Similarly for the Mid-day scheme in 2011-12, the central plan allocation stands at Rs. 10,380 crores. This is an achievement of which Congress (I) is proud of. But the benefits of these programs are not reaching the poor because Mayawati’s BSP is pocketing this money instead of spending on the poor children.  Rahul Gandhi assured the people that this time if Congress (I) forms the government it will ensure that the benefits of the welfare schemes reach them.

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Rahul Gandhi to visit Karnataka to revive Congress

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi will be undertaking a two-day visit to Karnataka from June 2 in a bid to revive Congress and to formulate the Congress’s strategy for the 2013 assembly polls in the state.
He will attend the Youth Congress national executive committee meeting in Hubli on June 2. After the meeting, Rahul Gandhi will participate in an interaction session in which he would meet senior citizens, intellectuals, retired officers and Jnanapeeth awardees, and seek their suggestions to make the administration more responsive.
On the second day of his tour, the Congress leader is scheduled to visit Davanagere where he will interact with all elected members of Congress, including members of municipalities and other local bodies. Rahul Gandhi also will address a gathering of about 5,000 elected representatives. The Congress General Secretary will hold discussion with senior leaders and executive committee members of KPCC.
After lunch, Rahul Gandhi will hold an interaction session with students. The state Congress sources say that Rahul Gandhi’s visit will boost the morale of the young in order to build the nation on the lines of secular and progressive line.
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