One man’s image not a substitute for national vision, Rahul slams PM Modi over China issue

Rahul Gandhi once again attacked PM Modi over India-China border face-off saying he is 100 % focused on building his own image and “one man’s image is not a substitute for a national vision”

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday once again attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the India-China border face-off saying he is 100 per cent focused on building his own image and "one man's image is not a substitute for a national vision".

"Prime Minister is 100 per cent focused on building his own image. India's captured institutions are all busy doing this task. One man's image is not a substitute for a national vision," he said in a tweet attaching the third video of the series.

In the video, the Congress MP from Kerala's Wayanad said, "Psychologically you will have to deal with the Chinese from a position of strength."

Emphasising on how India should respond to China, he said that if you deal with them from a position of "strength" you can work with them, you can get what you need and it can be actually done. "But if they sense weakness then you had it. And the first thing is you are not going to take on China without a vision," the Congress leader said, adding that he doesn't mean a national vision, but an international vision.

Talking about China's ambitious 'belt and road' project, Rahul Gandhi said, "Belt and Road is an attempt to change the nature of the planet. India has to have a global vision and if they have now to become an idea, and it has to become a global idea the thing that is going to protect India is actually thinking big."

On India's border issue with China, he said, of course we have this border issue and we have to resolve this. "But we have to change our approach, we have to change how we think, this is the point at which where the road parts, if we go this way we become a major player and if we go another way we become irrelevant. And that is why I am aggravating, because I can see that a huge opportunity is being lost," he said.

Attacking the government, the Congress leader said, "Why because we are not thinking in the long term, we are not thinking big and we are disturbing our internal balance, we are fighting among ourselves."

Pointing out at the political scenario in the country, he said, just look at the politics, all day long Indians are fighting Indians, it is because there is "no clear cut" vision going forward. "And I know that the Prime Minister is an opponent and my responsibility is to question him and put pressure on him so he does his work. His responsibility is to give the vision and it's not there and I can tell you it's not there and that is why China is in there today," he added.

On last Friday (July 17), Rahul Gandhi released his first video and questioned the government's foreign policy. He slammed the Narendra Modi government over the face-off with China in Ladakh. He said China chose this time to intrude in our land as India's foreign policy, economy and relationship with neighbouring countries are disrupted.

In his second video released on Monday (July 20), the Congress leader said Modi fabricated a "fake" strongman image to come to power and now his biggest strength is "India's biggest weakness".

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